President Donald Trump skewered California Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and New York Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday, urging them to end their “endless vacation.”
He pressured them to return to Washington to approve legislation for small businesses to keep paying their employees. The House and Senate are expected to remain out of session until at least May 4.
The frustrated president also threatened to shut down the House and Senate on Wednesday for “dereliction of duty” because Democrats have been stalling confirmation of his judicial nominations.
“The Senate should either fulfill its duty and vote on my nominees or it should formally adjourn so I can make recess appointments,” he said during a coronavirus task force briefing.
“Today people started losing their jobs because of Crazy Nancy Pelosi, Cryin’ Chuck Schumer, and the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, who should immediately come back to Washington and approve legislation to help families in America,” Trump tweeted. “End your Endless Vacation!”
According to unemployment insurance data released Thursday, The U.S. workforce has contracted 13.5% as an estimated 22 million people lost their jobs in the last four weeks. Unemployment claims jumped by 5.2 million last week.
The $350 billion emergency Paycheck Protection Program ran out of money on Thursday, after the Small Business Administration approved loans for more than 1.6 million companies with fewer than 500 employees.
At least 20,000 loans, which enable businesses to cover eight weeks of their benefits, payroll, rent, and other expenses went unprocessed. The loans will be forgiven if companies keep workers on their payroll.
Pelosi has been busy making appearances on late night television from her San Francisco mansion, showing off her expensive refrigerators and stocking up on gourmet ice cream.
Her eyebrow raising appearance on CBS’s Late, Late Show on Tuesday prompted Trump campaign rapid response director Steve Guest to comment that she was “eating $13 dollar a pint ice cream out of her $24,000 fridge.”
“This is something you can get through the mail… Chocolate, and then we have some other chocolate here… I enjoy it,” Pelosi told viewers. “I like it better than anything else, and I don’t know why but it agrees with me,” she said. “And we just restocked the ice cream for Easter Sunday because we were, shall we say, enjoying — I don’t know what I would have done without ice cream.”
The Republican National Committee said in a statement on Wednesday, “The Paycheck Protection Program ran out of money this morning because Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi, blocked the necessary $250 billion replenishment for the program that Congressional Republicans tried to deliver.”
“Now ‘Nancy Antoinette’ has to explain to America why she chose to show off her luxury refrigerators and $13-dollar-a-pint ice cream collection from her chateau in San Francisco instead of funding the Paycheck Protection Program which has saved millions of jobs all across the country.”
Pelosi said Democrats would approve more money in the emergency $250 billion supplement bill if it also provides $100 billion for hospitals and $150 billion for states and local governments.
In March she delayed the vote on the Senate’s Coronavirus stimulus so she could cram it with $75 million each for the National Endowment for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Humanities. It also provided $7.5 million for “salaries and expenses” at The Smithsonian Institution and $25 million for “operations and maintenance” for The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts.