Pelosi says Congress ‘can’t go home without’ agreement on coronavirus relief package

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Washington – As negotiations continue on the next coronavirus relief plan, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Congress would remain in session until there is agreement on the measure and she be approved by legislators.”We can’t go home without this,” Pelosi, a Democrat from California, said on “Face the Nation” when asked if the House would remain in session until a deal is negotiated. “It’s so sad that people should have this uncertainty in their lives. ”

Republicans in the Senate and the White House spent the last week negotiating the terms of the fourth phase of the response to the coronavirus, which they expect to have a price tag of $ 1 trillion. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met with Senate staff over the weekend to continue to work out details of the measure, and Mnuchin said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday. that the details should be released by the Senate Majority Leader. Mitch McConnell Monday.

The most pressing issue for Congress is the expiration of the improved unemployment benefits, which were implemented in a first coronavirus relief package and started to expire over the weekend. Democrats call for ‘phase four’ coronavirus measure to maintain the $ 600 increase in unemployment benefits, but some Republicans say it discourages Americans from returning to work because they earn more with the bolstered benefits than they do. they don’t do it in wages.

Mnuchin said GOP lawmakers seek to give unemployed workers 70% of their previous salary, but Pelosi argued that the proposed change would be difficult to implement because not everyone who receives unemployment benefits is salaried workers.

“They want $ 600 from single mothers so they can put food on the table, dads for maintaining the dignity of keeping their families intact with UI, with rent assistance, for food? Pelosi said.

The measure rolled out by Senate Republicans should be the starting point for negotiations with their Democratic counterparts, and Pelosi said his caucus has been “eager to negotiate” for more than two months. In May, the Democratic-led House past a $ 3 trillion coronavirus relief measure, but the legislation was a no-starter for the GOP-controlled White House and Senate, which has put talks on hold.

Pelosi criticized Republicans for the delay, saying they were “in disarray and the delay was hurting American families.”

“For them to come now when we are on the brink, when people are hungry in our country, children, millions of children, are food insecure, many families who would never have thought about going to a food bank go to food banks, and we need more money for food stamps and emergency nutrition programs, and they are resisting that, ”she said.

While Republicans and Democrats agree the next aid package should include another round of direct payments to Americans and federal aid to schools, they disagree on other areas such as funding for state and local governments. and employer liability protection, a key provision for McConnell.

Pelosi condemned Republicans for wanting to protect companies but not workers who fear contracting the coronavirus.

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Pelosi then hit on Mr. Trump for his handling of the coronavirus crisis and said she had a nickname for the president: “Mr. Make Matters Worse”.

“He made it worse from the start,” she said.

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