According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the mainstream media should be helping the Democratic Party do the heavy lifting when it comes to getting a new massive welfare package passed that is currently stalled.
That was the message Pelosi delivered when she was speaking with reporters as the House convened briefly on Tuesday in order to pass an extension of the federal borrowing authority.
That’s the media’s fault, Pelosi, a California Democrat, suggested.
“I think you could all do a better job selling it, to be frank,” Pelosi went on to say, delivering a rebuke to the media.
Pelosi last month failed at wrangling her divided caucus to reach an agreement on both the social welfare spending package and a critical bipartisan infrastructure bill.
Two Senate centrist holdouts want a much smaller package and price tag, and the division has left the two measures hopelessly stalled despite a new Oct. 31 deadline.
The House Speaker went on to suggest the general public just doesn’t know enough about all of the programs the Democrats want to see paid for in the massive legislation, despite the fact she has consistently outlined them to the media.
“Every time I come here, I go through the list,” Pelosi stated as she spoke from the podium in a Capitol press briefing room. “Family medical leave, climate, the issues that are in there. But it is true — it is hard to break through when you have such a comprehensive package.”
“The CBS poll found that 59% of people knew about the eye-popping $3.5 trillion cost of the initial proposal, as well as 58% who knew of plans to pay for it by hiking taxes, while just 40% were aware of provisions in the bill aimed at lowering Medicare drug costs or expanding medicare benefits,” the report from the Washington Examiner.
“Pelosi appeared acutely aware of the polling and noted that women favor the bill more than men, who she said show more support for the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package that pays for roads, bridges, water projects, and broadband expansion,” the report continued.
The social welfare bill, specifically the extension of the child tax credits, will end up becoming more popular when it’s finalized, according to the House Speaker.
“Do people know where it springs from? No,” the Speaker then admitted. “But it is a vast bill. It has a lot in it, and we will have to continue to make sure the public does. But whether they know it or not, they overwhelmingly support it.”