WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- President Donald Trump declared that he will not sign the emergency coronavirus relief bill if it has provisions from the Democrats’ “Green New Deal.”
- As Senate Democrats blocked the bill from moving forward, Republicans accused them of trying to put unrelated political “wish list” into the legislation.
- Trump told Fox News, “Nancy Pelosi came and put a lot of things in the deal that had nothing to do with workers.”
President Donald Trump declared on Tuesday that he will not sign the emergency coronavirus relief bill if it has provisions from the Democrats’ “Green New Deal.”
The bill was pitched by House Democrats earlier this week. According to Trump, the Senate was close to a deal over the weekend until Democrats suddenly added some “Green New Deal” provisions.
During a special “Virtual Town Hall” with Fox News, Trump said, “Nancy Pelosi came and put a lot of things in the deal that had nothing to do with workers — that had to do with an agenda that they have been trying to get passed for 10 years.”
He said that he then proceeded to tell Vice President Mike Pence, along with other people, that “There is no way I am signing that deal.”
“[The Democrats said] ‘We want green energy, let’s stop drilling oil’ — they had things in there that were terrible. Windmills all over the place and all sorts of credits for windmills — they kill the birds and ruin the real estate. A lot of problems,” Trump added.
It was the second time that Senate Democrats blocked the bill from moving forward. This time, they claimed that the plan benefited large corporations more while not sufficiently helping workers.
Republicans accused them of trying to use the crisis to put unrelated political “wish list” into the legislation.
While the House Democrats’ proposal does not include the “Green New Deal,” it contains several provisions that are seemingly unrelated to the outbreak.
One provision calls for airlines accepting federal aid to reduce their overall carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2050.
Other provisions include: paying off $10,000 in student debt per person, eliminating debt held by the U.S. Postal Service, and requiring same-day voter registration.
Trump acknowledged that the coronavirus relief bill should prioritize the protection of workers, but he defended protecting large companies as well.
Trump explained, “Workers first. But you have to protect companies like Boeing. We can’t lose those companies. If we lose those companies, we’re talking about hundreds of thousands of jobs — millions of jobs.”
Source: FOX News