After months of gridlock on Capitol Hill over a coronavirus stimulus package, Nancy Pelosi is showing America what matters most to her: cannabis and big cats.
Democratic leadership announced that a bill to federally legalize marijuana will be taken to the House floor Wednesday, while another bill will be reviewed to ban breeding and private ownership of tigers and other big cats.
Tiger King and cannabis before coronavirus stimulus for families that are suffering?
Check your priorities, Nancy.
Republicans, many of whom are big critics of marijuana legalization, took to Twitter to blast Pelosi for her backwards priorities.
“This week, your House Democrat majority is tackling the tough issues by holding a vote on legalizing pot and banning tiger ownership,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy wrote Monday. “Nothing for small businesses. Nothing for reopening schools. Nothing on battling the pandemic. Just cannabis and cats.”
This week, your House Democrat majority is tackling the tough issues by holding a vote on legalizing pot and banning tiger ownership.
Nothing for small businesses.
Nothing for re-opening schools.
Nothing on battling the pandemic.
Just cannabis and cats.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) November 30, 2020
Let me get this straight:
Nancy Pelosi is blocking a bill to deliver unused Paycheck Protection Program funds to workers and small businesses.
But she managed to find time for a vote on pot legislation this week.
RT to tell Dems to quit blocking aid for Americans in need NOW!
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) November 30, 2020
Things @SpeakerPelosi brought members back to vote on:
▶️Tiger King legislation
Things we aren't voting on:
▶️More PPP funding
▶️Funding for the entire federal government
It's clear where Democrats' priorities lie.
— Rep. Bruce Westerman (@RepWesterman) December 1, 2020
After speaking with the media’s president-elect Joe Biden, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said it is a priority to get a stimulus package passed during Congress’ lame-duck session.
“Secretary Mnuchin said he would be reviewing the proposal Leader Schumer and I made to Leader McConnell and Leader McCarthy last night and the bipartisan Senate proposal unveiled today,” Pelosi said in a statement Tuesday night. “Additional COVID relief is long overdue and must be passed in this lame duck session.”
But, instead, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the chamber will be considering multiple marijuana bills, including the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, and voting will take place Wednesday through Friday.