House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was full of praise for MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle during an interview on Monday in which she thanked Ruhle for her “objective view” of the issues they discussed.
The interview focused on small business loans that are part of the Paycheck Protection Program that originally allocated $350 billion, now supplemented by an additional $320 billion to help small businesses deal with the severe economic blow they have suffered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pelosi noted that $60 billion was set aside for small lenders and criticized Republicans for not embracing the initiative.
“It was hard to understand why our Republican colleagues were not embracing our initiative of $60 billion that would go to community development financial institutions so those institutions, the neighborhood, know the community, know the customers, know the businesses, know the culture would be able to make loans, smaller loans, into the community,” Pelosi said. “ And take — alleviate some of that from the banks. I thought it was really something that they would welcome because, therefore, those who know that that community better would be meeting their needs.”
“Without a doubt,” Ruhle responded.
Pelosi added that while the loans were important to sustain businesses the House will now push hard for vote-by-mail as part of the next stimulus legislation.
“In this next bill, we will be supporting vote-by-mail in a very important way. We think it’s a health issue at this point. And I didn’t want to leave this conversation without mentioning the importance of the life, the livelihood,” Pelosi said. “The life of our people, the livelihood of themselves and our economy, and the life of our democracy.”
Trump, echoing the feelings of many Republicans, criticized vote-by-mail proposals at a press conference this month, saying, “Mail ballots are very dangerous for this country because of cheaters. They go collect them. They are fraudulent in many cases. They have to vote. They should have voter ID, by the way.”
Ruhle passed on the opportunity to ask Pelosi about vote-by-mail ballot security and instead finished the segment by thanking her for passing the second round of business funding. “Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you for this additional $320 billion. American business needs it. I appreciate all that everyone in our government is doing right now to help us in this trying time. Thanks for your time this morning.”
Pelosi responded by praising Ruhle for being so “helpful” and for her “objective view” during the interview.
“Thank you for your objective view of it all, because that’s all very helpful,” Pelosi said. “It’s all very helpful. Thank you for your attention to this important issue. Thank you.”