CBS News’ “60 Minutes” host Lesley Stahl on Sunday questioned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over Congress’ stalling of a COVID-19 relief package, suggesting both parties were to blame for obstructing the bill.
“That was held up for eight months,” Stahl said to Pelosi.
“Right. But that was their obs — obstruction. Understand this,” Pelosi, D-Calif., responded, referring to Republicans’ opposition to larger stimulus checks, a 16-week extension of unemployment benefits, and $160 billion in aid for states and local governments.
It “was their obstruction,” Pelosi told Stahl.
“Yours too,” Stahl said. “Takes two to —”
“No, it wasn’t obstruction,” Pelosi said.
“You held out for eight months,” said the “60 Minutes” host.
“No, no. We held it up because there was no — no respect for our heroes, our — our state and local healthcare workers, police and fire, our first responders, our sanitation, transportation, food workers, our teachers, our teachers, our teachers,” Pelosi said. “They would not go down that path.”
“There’s a member of your caucus who said specifically that, ‘We look like obstructionists, and it was a mistake,'” Stahl responded.
“I don’t remember anybody saying that. And — they may have. And they may have. But it isn’t — it wasn’t a mistake,” said Pelosi. “And I would not, and nobody expects me to, to support something that solidifies injustice in our country.”
The House and Senate finally agreed to a bill, but President Donald Trump blocked it, saying he wouldn’t sign it until it included $2,000 in checks for Americans. The House agreed, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wouldn’t bring the bill to the floor for a vote.