Pelosi says GOP condescends to jobless by plan to trim benefits

Pelosi says GOP condescends to jobless by plan to trim benefits

The White House wants to see another round of $1,200 stimulus payments and extend the supplemental jobless benefit and partial eviction ban but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants money for state and local governments, unemployment benefits, and food aid.

"There's definitely areas of agreement", Mnuchin, who is the lead White House negotiator, told ABC News' "This Week" on Sunday, adding that there is "enormous bipartisan support" for stimulus checks. Pelosi and her fellow Democrat in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, said the talks had been productive, and Schumer said he believes there is a desire to quickly complete legislation meant to blunt the economic pain from the global pandemic.

One of the few things that Democrats and Republicans can agree on, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, is sending out $1,200 direct stimulus payments.

Mnuchin, Pelosi, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer met for three hours on Saturday.

Republicans have proposed reducing the $600 weekly payment to $200, or adopting a formula that would amount to replacing about two-thirds of a worker's wages before they were unemployed.

Meadows told Fox News that Democrats rejecting the one-week extension of unemployment benefits was "heartless".

"We've authorized $3 trillion into the USA economy", Mnuchin said on ABC News' "This Week" Sunday.

The most pressing issue in the talks is about extra federal unemployment benefits of $600 a week that ran out as of Friday, leaving millions of out-of-work Americans without an additional safety net at a time when the jobs market is still depressed. "There are cases where people are underpaid", Mnuchin said. "This has never been done in the history of time".

Republicans in the Senate last week unveiled their $1 trillion coronavirus relief bill, called the HEALS Act, which stands for the package's focus on Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on the Senate floor Monday that Democrats are refusing to cooperate.

The bill also includes $16 billion for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing; $20 billion for vaccine, therapeutic and diagnostic development; $20 billion for farmers; and $30 billion to protect the military and defense industrial base from the virus.



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