GOP Rep. Waltz Says COVID Relief Came “Too Late”

( Congress has finally passed another coronavirus economic stimulus package, but one representative from Florida thinks it has come “way too late.”

On Monday, Republican Michael Waltz laid into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as well as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for choosing to play “politics.” That led to months of delays in getting a coronavirus stimulus package approved, which ultimately delayed much-needed aid getting to Americans.

The roughly $900 billion package is just awaiting the signature of President Donald Trump before it becomes official. Waltz said it’s a “win for the people,” but he added that it’s coming “way, way, way too late.”

On “Fox & Friends” on Monday, Waltz said:

“This has just been swamp politics. You know, Speaker Pelosi and Schumer are right to some degree. We have rejected a lot of what they wanted in their multi-trillion-dollar Heroes Act they passed back in June that was full of the progressive wish lists. Everything from undocumented aliens to this whole progressive piece on corporate boards, how we vote, all kinds of things they tried to throw in there.

“But, meanwhile, Brian, as you know and I have talked about, there was $138 billion from the CARES Act leftover and unspent for the Paycheck Protection Program. We tried 19 times to say fine, we can argue about all of those other things, but please let businesses have access to these moneys. And Pelosi refused because she took a, you know, her way or the highway, all-or-nothing approach.

“Now, we have gone from over $3 trillion down to 2, now down to $900 billion … And here’s what I want people to understand: $500 billion of that 9 is leftover moneys we were able to re-purpose. So, you know, there is some fiscal responsibility in this package, and it is now targeted on programs that are going to help people get through this pandemic.

“And I think at the end of the day, this is a win for people who have been suffering. But it is way, way, way too late.”

Waltz makes some very important points here. First, he emphasizes that Pelosi admitted to playing politics and holding up another relief package because she didn’t want to pass one before the presidential election. In essence, she made Americans suffer so that President Trump wouldn’t get a perceived victory.

Second, he points out that the Democrats eventually caved to basically everything the Republicans had originally proposed months ago. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had insisted that his caucus wouldn’t vote for anything over $1 trillion. He also proposed a package similar in total dollar value that also included re-appropriated money so that it wasn’t all new spending.

The only major thing that Republicans didn’t get was liability protection for businesses, but that could still come to fruition in future talks.

So, essentially, Pelosi delayed much-needed relief for Americans just to spite Trump. And, ultimately, she got hardly anything she wanted in her original negotiations.