U.S. Sen. John Barrasso and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi usually don’t agree on much. Her $3 proposed trillion coronavirus relief package is another point of contention.
Barrasso told FOX News on Wednesday that if Pelosi thinks it’s got a shot of passing, she must be living in a 1970s era sitcom with Ricardo Montalban.
“Nancy Pelosi must be living on ‘Fantasy Island’ if she actually believes that this $3 trillion bill will become law,” Barrasso said. “It is big, it’s bloated, it is partisan, and it is a payout to her liberal constituencies.”
Barrasso said Pelosi’s claim that the economic aid package is directly targeted toward coronavirus relief only is not the case and offered two criticisms of her bill.
He said the provides direct payments to illegal immigrants without allocating any more funds to the Paycheck Protection Program — something that has helped, he said, more than 11,000 small businesses in Wyoming.
Additionally, he said the bill would help to release prisoners from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers but provides no legal help for small businesses which are “afraid of being sued when they open again.”
In offering further proof that her bill is misguided, Barrasso said her package focuses more on marijuana that helping people get employed.
“Nancy Pelosi’s bill mentions cannabis and marijuana 68 times — much more often than they use the words ‘job’ or ‘jobs’,” he said.