House Dem criticizes her own party for shoving 'wish list' stimulus package: 'It's not a good look'


Rep. Katie Porter, D-Calif., criticized her own party's coronavirus legislation this week as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., pressured the Republican-controlled Senate to adopt what Porter described as a Democratic "wish list."

“The HEROES Act is dead on arrival," Porter said Tuesday, referring to the $3 trillion package the House passed last week as a follow-up to the CARES Act. Her comments during an online meeting hosted by the Tustin [Calif.] Democratic Club were first reported by the Washington Examiner.

"There was no bipartisan negotiation here and no effort at bipartisan negotiation, which I also think is problematic," Porter went on to say. "It’s not to say that we could’ve gotten there. It’s not to say that the Republicans would’ve agreed with our priorities. But I do not think it is a good look in a time of national crisis to act in a strictly partisan way. I don’t like it when Donald Trump does it, and I don’t like it when Nancy Pelosi does it."

Porter, who voted for the legislation but opposed an earlier motion to consider the bill, added the bill could be used against her ahead of the November election.

"The way that we did this virtually guaranteed the bill was going to, one, die immediately and, two, that I would be hit with endless attacks about having supported a Democratic wishlist with the most expensive government bill ever put out," she said.

"It’s not a good look for someone like me in Orange County. It will make my reelection harder ... and it’s not even the best policy approach that we could’ve brought to the table."

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