House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised vote by mail provisions in the next relief bill during an interview on MSNBC.
“No matter what the president says, it cannot be denied,” Pelosi said on Morning Joe.
WashingtonExaminer reports House Speaker Nancy Pelosi indicated she already knows which Democratic agenda item she would like to attach to the next coronavirus relief bill in Congress.
Citing a Senate Intelligence Committee report confirming Russia used misinformation to interfere in the 2016 election, Pelosi said it is imperative Democrats demand more people be allowed to vote by mail in the 2020 presidential election.
“No matter what the president says, it cannot be denied,” Pelosi said Wednesday on MSNBC. “But it takes us to the next step. They have also told us 24/7 the Russians are still at work trying to undermine our election. That’s why we have to have an important chunk of money in this next bill that will enable us to protect the integrity of our elections, as well as enable the American people to vote by mail, especially at this time of a health danger in going to the polls.”
The Senate passed a nearly $500 billion aid package Tuesday that will appropriate funds to small businesses struggling to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, among other measures. It is expected to pass in the House later this week.
Democrats first attempted to attach provisions boosting election security measures and allocating funding to states for a more robust vote-by-mail system in the $2 trillion economic relief package passed by Congress last month.
Those efforts failed after President Trump disavowed the thought of a nationwide vote-by-mail system and congressional Republicans refused to vote for a bill containing such measures.
“The things they had in there were crazy,” Trump said in March during an interview with Fox News. “They had things — levels of voting that, if you ever agreed to it, you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.”
Pelosi shot back, saying Trump does not like the idea of voting by mail because he “does not have a winning message” to share.
“This is the lifeblood of our democracy, the vote,” she said this week. “So, here we are trying to protect the lives of American people, the livelihoods of the American people, and also the life of our democracy. That is what we are going to do in the next bill as well.”