Pelosi rejects latest White House stimulus offer as 'wholly insufficient'
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Friday. Ting Shen / Xinhua via Getty
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to her Democratic counterparts on Sunday describing the Trump administration's latest stimulus offer as "totally inadequate".
Over the weekend, the White House proposed a $ 1.8 trillion measure, a figure too high for many Senate Republicans and too low for House Democrats.
On Sunday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows urged Democrats to adopt a measure to recycle leftover funds from the paycheck protection program.
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House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to her Democratic counterparts Sunday describing the Trump administration's latest stimulus proposal as "grossly inadequate," suggesting that Congress and the White House could reach an agreement Coronavirus aid package not coming any closer.
Over the weekend, the White House proposed a $ 1.8 trillion measure that angered both Senate Republicans, who believe the number is way too high, and House Democrats, who submitted a proposal last month $ 2.2 trillion passed.
The White House proposal will increase weekly unemployment insurance by $ 400, $ 1,200 direct payments for U.S. adults, and $ 1,000 payments for each child, the Washington Post reported.
Democrats have pushed for a $ 600 increase in weekly unemployment benefits and payments of $ 1,200 for dependent children, as well as much more funding for state and local governments.
In her Sunday letter, Pelosi rejected the government's proposal, saying the disagreement had more to do with more than just top-line numbers.
"In terms of testing, tracking and treatment, the Trump administration's offerings are utterly inadequate," she wrote.
The Senate Republicans are equally unfazed, CNN reported. "I don't get it," Florida Senator Rick Scott said on a phone call to White House officials this weekend. Two sources reported to the news agency. Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee said the White House's larger proposal would "drain" the GOP base, the sources said.
With a deal between the White House and Congress seemingly unattainable, the Trump administration is also campaigning for laws that recycle $ 135 billion left over from the paycheck protection program, Politico reported.
Democrats showed little interest in the idea, complained of a lack of transparency regarding the use of PPP funds - and looked for a much larger package of bailouts to an economy in recession.
In their appeal, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows called for an end to the impasse in which President Donald Trump broke negotiations last week before turning around in the wake of bipartisan anger.
"The all-or-nothing approach is an unacceptable response from the American people," the officials wrote.
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