(VIDEO) Pelosi Tells CNN’s Tapper to ‘Just Calm Down’ When Asked if She and Schumer Made a ‘Tactical Mistake’ on PPP


>> Let’s talk about that, because you and senator Schumer made this major concession on the most recent legislation because you —

>> It wasn’t a concession. It wasn’t a concession.

>> No?

>> I heard what Andrew Cuomo said and I respect him as a governor, but the fact is, they wanted 250 for the ppp. We support the ppp, we were part of developing it. Small business, the entrepreneurial optimism of America, so we’re for that. But we wanted to include more people, more money for the program, and the hospitals. It was always an interim bill. We always said that C.A.R.E.S. II would be where we would go for state and local, and we will, in a big way.

>> I just want to play the sound from New York governor Cuomo because he says he needs the money for his state to save new York from an economic tsunami. Take a listen to what he had to say.

>> We’ve been talking about funding for state and local governments. And it was not in the bill that the house is going to pass today. They said don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t worry, the next bill. I said to my colleagues in Washington, I would have inside that state and local funding was in this current bill, because I don’t believe they want the funds, state and local governments.

TAPPER: “So Cuomo says he would have insisted on state funding in the last bill. And now senator Mcconnell is saying he wants to push the pause button. Was this a tactical mistake by you and senator Schumer?”

PELOSI: “Just calm down. We will have state and local and we will have it in a very significant way. It’s no use going into what might have been. The administration never even wanted to do — I mean, when we said we’re not doing 250 unless you open the door for these unbanked, we call them unbanked businesses who don’t have a fancy banking relationship or this or that, senator Mcconnell said, absolutely no, we’re not doing one penny more than 250. And then analysis he passed on Tuesday $480 billion with many of these increases including hospitals. And what we have said, we’ve been working on C.A.R.E.S. II. On that we’re including not only the outlays they have for the coronavirus but also the loss of revenue that they have. The governors are impatient. I’m a big fan of governor Cuomo. My own governor, Gavin Newsom, has been so spectacular, my mayor, mayor breed. State and local governments have done their job magnificently. They should be impatient. Their impatience will help us get an even bigger number. Governor hogan of Maryland, a Republican, has been spectacular in all of this. It’s many governors, many mayors, bipartisan, for us to get the largest amount. I’m sorry that we had to have an intervention because we were going from C.A.R.E.S. I to C.A.R.E.S. II. We made the most of it. I say to members, judge it for what it does, don’t criticize it for what it doesn’t. It will happen. I think you see the response even from Republican senators that Mitch McConnell was getting.”

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