House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Labor Day again called for Republicans and the White House to pass COVID-19 relief measures, setting up a potentially drawn-out and bitter negotiation process between the two parties.
President Donald Trump, in a press conference Monday, said that it's the Democrats who are stonewalling on the talks.
“I don’t need to meet with them and be turned down,” he said of Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), adding that talks are stalled because a deal would be “good for the economy” and would benefit Trump’s chances of being reelected. “They think that if the country does as badly as possible … that’s good for the Democrats,” Trump said.
Last month, after talks stalled, Trump took executive action on payroll taxes, student loan payments, expanded unemployment benefits, and a moratorium on evictions.
And Pelosi last week accused White House officials of stalling on talks, adding that the 8.4 percent unemployment rate “is a reminder of the urgent need to enact the #HeroesAct, as the economic recovery stimulated by Congress’s early & robust investments continues to slow down.”
Republicans have unilaterally rejected the HEROES Act, which was passed in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. They have argued that the $3.4 trillion bill is too expensive.
Later, Democrats said they would pass a bill over $2.2 trillion, which was rejected by the Trump administration.