The White House extended an olive branch to Democrats earlier this week amid ongoing negotiations over new legislation to provide coronavirus relief to American families and their businesses. But it seems House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) still isn’t ready to strike a deal.
According to a Thursday report from the Associated Press, Pelosi has apparently decided to pass up the Trump administration’s latest offer on COVID-19 relief, saying in an interview that the GOP’s proposal just doesn’t cut it.
“This is the heel”
As the AP reported, Trump Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin most recently offered Pelosi and her fellow Dems a $400-per-week unemployment subsidy along with a $1.6 trillion spending package, a more expensive deal than Republicans had first put forth.
Pelosi, for her part, is pushing an even pricier package that, according to the AP, “represents a cutback from a $3.4 trillion bill that passed the House in May, but remains well above what Senate Republicans are willing to accept. Republicans [on Capitol Hill] have endorsed staying in the $650 billion to $1 trillion range,” the AP noted — and Mnuchin, in this case, was willing to go even higher.
But that wasn’t enough for the House speaker, who said in an interview with Bloomberg News on Thursday that Republicans’ proposal isn’t even in the ballpark as far as she’s concerned.
“This isn’t half a loaf, this is the heel of the loaf,” she told Bloomberg, according to the AP.
In another interview Thursday, Pelosi pushed back on claims that “something” is “better than nothing,” pointing to what she called the “opportunity costs” of making a deal with the GOP, the AP noted.
The White House, meanwhile, seems to be losing patience. According to the AP, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Thursday that Pelosi’s reaction to Mnunchin’s offer proves she isn’t negotiating in good faith.
“We raised our offer to $1.6 trillion,” McEnany pointed out, as the AP reported. “It’s one that she is is not interested in.”
It’s a sentiment that was echoed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who shredded his Democratic colleagues in a speech on the Senate floor this week.
“The latest bill from the speaker is no more serious than any of their political stunts going back months,” McConnell said, according to Business Insider. “If they continue to refuse to get serious, then American families will continue to hurt.”
Indeed, with just a month to go until Election Day, hopes of a new deal on coronavirus relief before Nov. 3 seem to be growing dimmer and dimmer. Thanks for nothing, Pelosi.