Under pressure from CNN's Manu Raju whether it was a mistake to wait months to compromise on the much bigger plans she was pushing ahead of the election, she replied, "No. I'm going to tell you something, just don't describe it. what we did before as a mistake as a preface to your question if you want an answer. "Pelosi took the heat off some House Democrats for not agreeing to Republican terms before the elections and got a little irritated here. "It wasn't a mistake, it was a decision that put us in a place where we can do the right thing without, shall we say, other legislative considerations that we don't want." She also pointed out that it is a stopgap until there is a new White House. "President-elect Biden has said that this package is 'just a start at best' and that's how we see it. It's less money but in less time. And we have to do it in order to live save and livelihoods with the hope that much more help is on the way.
"We finally have a new dynamic, a new president in just over a month who is committed to fighting the virus … and more than a successful vaccine that is making a difference in the world," Pelosi said. It's "not all we want – don't get me wrong. I don't want Republicans to think this is a dream come true – it isn't, but it's a way forward."
"Help is on the way from Joe Biden seeing the need," she added. That will depend very much on the Georgia Senate outflows and whether or not McConnell remains majority leader.