President Pelosi blames Trump, GOP for deadlock in coronavirus relief negotiations

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House of Commons Speaker Nancy Pelosi cast doubt on the coordinator of the coronavirus task force, Dr Deborah Birx and blamed the impasse in negotiations on the next coronavirus relief bill on the president Donald Trump and Republicans, as federal unemployment benefits expire for 30 million Americans.

“He’s the one opposed to that,” she said of Trump on ABC’s “This Week.” We went for the $ 600, they have a $ 200 proposal, which does not meet the needs of working American families. ”

In response to a Politico report that she told Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that Birx was “the worst” in a closed-door meeting on Friday, Pelosi told “This Week” co-host Martha Raddatz , “I think the president is spreading misinformation about the virus and she’s his appointment, so I don’t trust her there. ”

Pelosi said a “strategic” plan to defeat the coronavirus was a sticking point in the negotiations.

Speaking to reporters, Pelosi said Saturday’s negotiations were “productive in getting things done.”

When Raddatz asked on Sunday when Americans might expect to see a deal, Pelosi said, “Well, the point is, we’ll be close to a deal, when we have a deal. ”

At the center of the stalemate is the future of the weekly federal unemployment benefit of $ 600 which expired on Friday. Republicans have proposed a $ 200-per-week extension – arguing that the increased aid has deterred some employees from returning to work – but Democrats are looking to maintain the $ 600 supplement at least until January.

Pelosi responded to comments from his colleague, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Who told CNN on Tuesday “it’s not $ 600 or a bust.”

“The amount of money that is given as a UI bonus should be tied to the unemployment rate,” she said. “So when it goes down, then you can look at something less than the $ 600, but in this deal it’s $ 600. ”

The GOP launched its plan on Friday to give Americans one more week at the $ 600 rate, but it was dismissed by Democrats as a political coup. The party continues to criticize Senate Republicans for waiting until the last minute to consider further help, while House Democrats addressed the issue in a bill passed two months ago.

Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., continued to negotiate with Trump administration officials over the weekend, after nearly a week of unproductive meetings. After a three-hour session on Saturday, both sides called the discussion the most productive to date.

“We need to get rid of this virus so that we can safely open our economy and open our schools and do so in a way that does not give any benefit to American workers,” Pelosi said, while acknowledging that they clashed. on aid reduction.

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