House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Is the main “roadblock” preventing lawmakers from passing coronavirus relief legislation as the number of confirmed cases is increasing across the United States.
“There’s a roadblock, there’s a big wall that’s stopped this thing all the time and it’s President Pelosi,” McCarthy said at a press conference Thursday.
McCarthy, R-Calif., Who said he had been in contact with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., And the White House about the relief legislation, called Pelosi’s approach when it comes to ‘nothing is better than something’ negotiations.
A senior Democratic aide told Fox News on Thursday that McCarthy, Pelosi, McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., were scheduled to meet on Thursday – although it is not clear whether relief from coronaviruses would be discussed.
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Responding to McCarthy’s comments, Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hammill told Fox News Democrats have been pushing Republicans to move forward with coronavirus relief for the past six months.
“For six months, Democrats have been pressuring Republicans to agree to the next round of coronavirus relief, and for six months, Chief McConnell has insisted on a ‘pause’ as White House negotiators accused vulnerable families from lying about not being able to pay. invoices, ”Hammill said in an emailed statement. “But as millions of families sink deeper into despair, McConnell’s emaciated proposal gives no stimulus checks, no rent assistance, no nutritional assistance, but gives immunity from liability to employers who make their workers sick. ”
House Democrats passed the $ 3 trillion HEROES law in May, which lacked Republican support.
They sent an updated version to the Senate in October, which also did not get the go-ahead from the GOP.
McConnell has pushed for “targeted” relief from the stimulus, which Democrats – as Pelosi’s spokesperson referred to – have largely opposed.
Republicans introduced a $ 500 billion bill last month that was not passed in the Senate.
The Trump administration came up with an offer of up to $ 1.8 trillion, which was rejected by Pelosi.
Meanwhile, the coronavirus epidemic in the United States took a grim milestone on Wednesday as it was revealed that 250,000 Americans have died from the virus. Cases are on the rise again in many states as governors announce new lockdown restrictions in an attempt to curb the spread.
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