House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Democrats and the White House still have outstanding differences over how much to spend on the next COVID-19 relief bill.
Pelosi said she spoke with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows for 25 minutes about a relief bill to address outstanding economic issues caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, a novel coronavirus.
“This conversation made clear that the White House continues to disregard the needs of the American people as the coronavirus crisis devastates lives and livelihoods,” she remarked in a statement. “Originally, House and Senate Democrats made clear we would be willing to cut a trillion dollars if the White House would add a trillion for a bill. In order to meet in the middle, we have now said we would be willing to go to $2.2 trillion.”
Pelosi then said Democrats will resume negotiations with Republicans but suggested that a deal is still far off.
Meadows on Wednesday predicted that there would be no deal on a stimulus package until the end of September, saying that it might need to be combined with a resolution to sustain funding to avert a government shutdown.
Funding to state and local governments, tying school aid to fully re-opening classrooms, liability protections for businesses, and how much weekly unemployment insurance payments should be are the major sticking points for both sies. Democrats have sought nearly $1 trillion in funding for state and municipal governments, which Republicans have termed a “bailout” for “poorly run” jurisdictions and has nothing to do with CCP virus relief.