(UnitedVoice.com) – It’s been a month since Democrats and Republicans started negotiating a fifth COVID-19 relief package. Democrats are trying to play hardball to get as much of the $3-trillion HEROES Act they passed in June into the new legislation. However, since the Republicans hold the Senate and White House, they don’t have much leverage.
Instead, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) opted for a hostile takeover of the negotiations: she’s demanding a $2.3 trillion bill, and she says Democrats won’t budge.
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On Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows took full advantage of the opportunity to blame Pelosi for holding the negotiations hostage. Meadows said the speaker couldn’t tell America what’s in the Democrats’ $2.2 trillion counteroffers — she refuses to say.
The Trump administration has increased its offer from $1 trillion to $1.3 trillion. Meadows said Pelosi was to blame for not helping Americans who need assistance. The Chief of Staff said a $1.3-trillion bill could pass in the senate.
While the war of words continues, there are signs of negotiations going forward behind the scenes. House Democrats are growing weary, and some are growing impatient. Over 100 signed public letters to Pelosi demanding she finds a solution to the impasse with the White House.
Stay tuned as the heat increases on Democrats to get a deal done.
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