President Donald Trump said the White House, Democrats, and Republicans are divided on passing a COVID-19 relief package.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, meanwhile, told reporters that the two sides should work on a short-term deal.
Trump says there are provisions in the GOP package unveiled a day earlier that he doesn't support, he told reporters on July 28.
"Yeah, there are, actually," he said. "And we'll be talking about it. There are also things that I very much support. But we'll be negotiating. It's sort of semi-irrelevant because the Democrats come with their needs and asks, and the Republicans go with theirs."
Trump said he will discuss the matter with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other congressional leaders.
One point of contention among the White House and Senate Republicans is a payroll tax cut wanted by Trump.
McConnell referred to the GOP bill, dubbed the HEALS Act, a starting point for negotiations, an assertion reiterated by Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on July 27.
Democratic leaders criticized the delays and measures in the GOP plan. Members of Congress took a nearly three-week break in July.
McConnell, however, has said that the Democrat-passed HEROES Act, which is $3 trillion, contains too many unneeded provisions; he's also called it's tantamount to a "socialist manifesto."
Democrats said they want an extension of the $600 weekly federal unemployment benefits, while Republicans have opted to lower that number to $200 per week. What's more, the HEALS Act doesn't include any funding to state or local governments, while Democrats have proposed $1 trillion under the HEROES Act.
Trump, in remarks on July 28, said he's optimistic about a deal among all the parties involved.
"All of the people involved, [Treasury Secretary] Steve Mnuchin's done a great job, keeps everybody together, both Democrat and Republican," Trump said. "We want to do what's best for the people. I want to do what's best for the people. I want to do what's best for the economy because that means jobs and lots of good things."