During a livestreamed online meeting hosted by the Tustin Democratic Club Tuesday, Porter spoke about political tactics surrounding the proposed coronavirus aid package, which would provide $1 trillion for states and cities, “hazard pay” for essential workers, and a new round of cash payments to individuals. The proposal passed the House narrowly, pushed through by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but is facing a cold shoulder in the Republican-majority Senate.
“The HEROES Act is dead on arrival. There was no bipartisan negotiation here and no effort at bipartisan negotiation, which I also think is problematic,” Porter said. “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.”