Nov. 12 (UPI) — Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on Thursday referred to as on Republicans to just accept the result of the presidential election so Congress can concentrate on passing a brand new coronavirus stimulus bundle.
The leaders stated Republicans’ refusal to acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden’s win is holding up an already-lame duck session of Congress.
“They’re engaged in an absurd circus proper now, refusing to just accept actuality,” Home Speaker Pelosi stated throughout a information convention. “Cease the circus and get to work on what actually issues to the American folks — their well being and their financial safety.”
Senate Democratic chief Schumer accused congressional Republicans of pandering to President Donald Trump, who has refused to concede the election and leveled accusations of widespread election fraud with out providing proof.
“Senate Republicans: Cease denying actuality. Cease intentionally and recklessly sowing doubt about our democratic course of. And begin specializing in COVID,” Schumer stated.
White Home negotiators and Home Democrats have been locked in a battle for months on a brand new spherical of assist in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Home handed a $three trillion stimulus bundle in Could, however the Republican-led Senate has refused to just accept that giant of a price ticket.
The Home supplied up a $2 trillion revision in current weeks, however Republicans stated they wished to get the funding right down to about $500 billion.
Not all Republicans in Congress, although, are refusing to just accept the result of the Nov. three election. Each Sens. James Lankford of Oklahoma and Chuck Grassley of Iowa have referred to as on the Trump administration to present Biden entry to day by day intelligence briefs.
Historically, the president-elect begins receiving day by day intelligence briefings after Election Day in order that they’re ready to deal with nationwide safety threats the day they take workplace.
Biden up to now has been denied these briefings in addition to funding from the Basic Providers Administration to pay for the transition — workplaces in every authorities company, computer systems and about $9.9 million to start hiring new personnel.
Biden’s intelligence briefings want “to happen in order that whatever the end result of the election, whichever means that it goes, folks could be prepared for that precise activity,” Lankford instructed KRMG radio Wednesday.
“If that is not occurring by Friday, I’ll step in,” he added.
Lankford is a member of the Senate homeland safety and governmental affairs committee.