How Nancy Pelosi’s “one-woman Congress” undercuts the progressive agenda

Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was the sole Democrat to vote no on the House’s new $484 billion relief bill, saying it falls far short of adequately protecting frontline workers and small businesses. David Dayen, executive editor of the American Prospect, says that Republicans mostly set the terms of the bill with acquiescence from more moderate Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “There’s no real pressure on Nancy Pelosi. [She] has been a one-woman Congress for the last month or so,” he says. Dayen hopes that with the next package, progressive lawmakers pressure Pelosi to “guarantee upfront” key items on the progressive agenda like rent relief, payroll support, and vote-by-mail in the upcoming elections.

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