“Senate Republicans appear dead set on another bill, which doesn’t come close to addressing the problems and is headed nowhere,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a joint statement, rejecting an earlier proposal from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
They added, “If anyone doubts McConnell’s true intent is anything but political, just look at the bill. This proposal is laden with poison pills Republicans know Democrats would never support.”
“I will make sure every Senate Democrat who has said they'd like to reach an agreement gets the opportunity” to vote on a targeted bill, he said in the statement.
But Schumer and Pelosi signaled Tuesday that the House Speaker will not take up the measure in the House if it passes in the Senate.
They added that “this emaciated bill is only intended to help vulnerable Republican senators by giving them a ‘check the box’ vote to maintain the appearance that they’re not held hostage by their extreme right-wing that doesn’t want to spend a nickel to help people.”
A series of negotiations between Democrats and the White House failed to produce a compromise in August, although Pelosi issued an offer that would have cut about approximately $1 trillion from the HEROES Act.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in televised interviews, said the White House rejects the $2.2 trillion deal, while White House officials have signaled they do not approve of providing nearly $1 trillion in aid to local and state jurisdictions.