“It was not a mistake, it was a decision that has taken us to a place where we can do the right thing without other, shall we say, considerations in the legislation that we don’t want,” she continued, adding that “I’m very proud of where we are. … My chairs have worked very hard on all of this.”
“When I spoke to Leader McConnell yesterday, we talked about the possibility of putting the Covid package on the omnibus bill,” Pelosi told reporters Friday. “But he and I, being appropriators, know that if you’re going to do that, you have to have an omnibus bill, and so we have to work through the, all of the provisions that are still unresolved there in making progress.”
Pelosi also said President-elect Joe Biden believes that this Covid-19 relief is “just at best a start, and that’s how we see it as well.”
“It’s less money but over a shorter period of time, and we need to do it to save lives and livelihoods with the hope that much more help is on the way,” she added.
Following the election, many Democrats privately second-guessed decisions by party leaders, including the failure of Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to cut a big-ticket stimulus deal in the weeks before the election November 3.
Some centrist House Democrats in conservative districts ran into problems fending off GOP attacks they backed a far-left agenda, including in South Carolina and Oklahoma, where Reps. Joe Cunningham and Kendra Horn, respectively, lost their races. Those races had always presented challenges, but some said more could have been done to protect such Democrats in tight races, including Pelosi being more willing to accept a major stimulus deal with Mnuchin.
“There needs to be an attitude in leadership in getting legislation passed — and not messaging bills. I keep telling people, you know how much money the Heroes Act got to my district? Zero,” a second Democratic member said in November, referring to the $3 trillion-plus Democratic bill passed in May that Republicans refused to take up in the Senate.
CNN’s Lauren Fox, Manu Raju and Ted Barrett contributed to this report.