Mark Meadows said Sunday that Nancy Pelosi “would rather have nothing” in terms of a new coronavirus relief program than cutting the price and negotiating with Republicans.
“Here’s the problem, is – she puts out a number, suggests she’s gone down, and yet she’s willing to deny $ 1.3 trillion in aid that goes to the American people because she would rather they. have nothing but to give in to what his fantasy objection might be, “the White House chief of staff told NBC News” Meet the Press “on Sunday.
The Democrats ‘original bill proposed last month hit numbers over $ 3 trillion, while the Republicans’ proposal was just over $ 1 trillion.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats would be ready to meet in the middle at $ 2.2 trillion.
But Republicans say $ 1 trillion is a lot after Congress has already passed a handful of other relief bills raising trillions of dollars for coronavirus relief and economic recovery.
Pelosi and Meadows are expected to speak again on Sunday as weeks of negotiations broke down earlier this month between Democrats, Republicans and the White House.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Sunday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “would rather have nothing” for a new coronavirus relief program than cut the price and negotiate with the Republicans
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has refused to lower the price of the next relief bill beyond $ 2.2 trillion
“Well, we’ve raised a number. I had a conversation with President Pelosi. And even on her $ 2.2 trillion counter-offer, she can’t tell the American people or me what’s in there, ”the California Democrat’s Meadows accused.
“I can tell you what’s in the offer the president made and he’s ready to sign,” he continued. “Rising unemployment to levels she would agree to.” More help for small businesses at levels she would agree to. Literally helping daycare and hospitals at levels she would agree to. And support for schools at levels she would agree with, ”he said.
I can tell you that all of these things I just mentioned are available to the American people and the speaker Pelosi is saying no, ”Meadows said.
He also claimed that the White House would no longer negotiate with Democrats on the desired numbers.
“Are you going to increase your number?” Or is it your – $ 1.3 trillion is your final offer? NBC News’ Chuck Todd asked the president’s chief of staff.
“Well listen, we are not going to negotiate here because the speaker has been very clear. When she said $ 2.2 trillion, she said, “Don’t do anything at all,” Meadows replied, saying she said she wouldn’t tell him what’s on her bill.
“It is not a good negotiation”, he insisted. “In fact, a lot of its grassroots don’t even accept it.
Republicans introduced a coronavirus relief bill late last month, which included extending the increase in unemployment benefits, but reducing it.
Democrats have demanded that relief should not be cut as millions of Americans remain unemployed, laid off or on leave amid the pandemic.
The bill also included money for the reopening of schools in the fall and another round of checks for $ 1,200 for Americans.
Democrats are demanding more, saying the bill does not sufficiently address the problems Americans face.
Following the failed negotiations, President Trump signed a series of executive orders to tackle some of these issues head-on – including a payroll tax holiday and the publication of a moratorium on evictions.