House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared on MSNBC on Thursday to talk about the next steps that need to be taken to flatten the line of people who are getting infected by the coronavirus.
Pelosi noted that Republicans are dragging their feet and blocking any progress that Democrats have been trying to make to help people during this pandemic.
Speaking to MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell, Pelosi explained “the American people are very concerned about three things right now, at least three things right now: One, how are we protecting our first responders, our health care providers who are risking their lives to save other people’s lives? They need their personal protective equipment. They need ventilators to help save lives. So, we’re calling upon the president to do the Defense Production Act full throttle so that these needs are being met. None of us are worthy to pay respect to these workers unless we’re doing everything in our power to protect them.”
Secondly, Pelosi said people are concerned about their own safety and when they’ll get the benefits from the CARE Act. But she said that people are also concerned about the federal government watching to ensure that no inappropriate behavior from corporate America is taking place.
The third is the recovery.
Pelosi also called out Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for blaming the lack of preparedness for the pandemic on the impeachment trials of Donald Trump.
“That’s sad. They can’t handle their jobs, I guess, because — what are they saying? We ignored it? It was self-evident. Most people knew about it and certainly those of responsibility,” Pelosi said. “So I say of that, either you can’t handle your job, but don’t blame impeachment on that. Just blame it on the fact that you didn’t want to face the reality. That denial and that delay cost lives.”
Take a look at all of her remarks in the video clip below: