Video. Speaker Pelosi on the bill and Trump shenanigans to avoid Oversight.

First - Speaker Pelosi: “Today’s bill is a down payment.”

Pelosi: $2 Trillion Relief Package 'The Least We Can Do' | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Next: Speaker Pelosi vows Oversight by Congress. In Trump’s signing statement, issued when he signed the bill, Trump tried to claim the right to overrule the bill Congress had just passed, claiming he had the right to oversee the 500 billion dollar relief fund without oversight.

This is the New York Times summary of what Trump did:

In a signing statement released hours after Mr. Trump signed the bill in a televised ceremony in the Oval Office, the president suggested he had the power to decide what information a newly created inspector general intended to monitor the fund could share with Congress.

Under the law, the inspector general, when auditing loans and investments made through the fund, has the power to demand information from the Treasury Department and other executive branch agencies. The law requires reporting to Congress "without delay" if any agency balks and its refusal is unreasonable "in the judgment of the special inspector general."

Democrats blocked a final agreement on the package this week as they insisted on stronger oversight provisions to ensure that the president and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin could not abuse the bailout fund. They feared that Mr. Trump, who has previously stonewalled congressional oversight, would do the same when it came to the corporate aid program.

But in his statement, which the White House made public about two hours after the president signed the bill, Mr. Trump suggested that under his own understanding of his constitutional powers as president, he can gag the special inspector general for pandemic recovery, known by the acronym S.I.G.P.R., and keep information from Congress. (NY Times, March 27, 2020).

Listen to the Speaker respond to this attempt by Trump to abuse his power, ignore the Congress and gain control of the $500 billion bail out fund.

Pelosi Vows Oversight Of Relief Funds, Contradicting Trump | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

One more matter, the petty, racist incompetent man in the White House had no Democrats at the Stimulus Signing Bill. He didn’t invite Speaker Pelosi or Senator Chuck Schumer, who made this bill happen.

Did they all high five each other? They clearly all believe #TrueTrumpBelieversCantGetCovid

or maybe he just wanted to keep Speaker Pelosi safe? After all, she is third in line for the Presidency


March 28, 2020

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