“At this point, we have not yet agreed on many priorities and the Democrats await government language on several provisions while negotiations on the total funding amount continue,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to House Democrats on Saturday.
In a conference call Saturday with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Senate Republicans blew up the White House’s $ 1.8 trillion offer to Speaker Pelosi, according to multiple sources.
They went through a number of GOP concerns, such as state and local funding, as well as total price.
While the mood was that talks with Pelosi should continue, it was clear that the White House’s plan had virtually no chance of getting past the GOP-controlled Senate, the sources said.
Senator Rick Scott, a Republican from Florida, flatly told Mnuchin and Meadows, “I don’t get it,” when it came to why the White House is on its current path, according to two sources familiar with the appeal. Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn said this was a “death blow” to the Senate Republican majority and would serve to “drain” the base just three weeks before the election.
Senator Lamar Alexander, one of the conference’s most respected and respected members, told Meadows and Mnuchin it was just “no appetite” to spend the number hovering the White House.
And Senator Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, stressed that a deal could completely bury the focus on Trump’s Supreme Court nomination – which should be the focus for both the White House and Senate Republicans, Lee said.
Meadows and Mnuchin said they would give Trump the feedback.
“They all have to come to my funeral,” Meadows said after delivering this information after receiving all of the criticism, according to sources familiar with the call. Mnuchin agreed that it would be pretty badly received.
Republican senators were unaffected by these comments.
When prompted, several GOP senators sharply criticized the Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell, saying he had gone too far to demand congressional approval for sweeping economic relief and that he was off his trail, according to two sources agreed to make his demands publicly known.
The president said Friday he’d like to see a bigger stimulus than what’s currently being circulated by either the Democrats or his administration, but Republicans in Congress are still up against a price tag of over $ 1 trillion or a new one Help. Senate Republicans have teamed up behind the $ 500 billion award.
Pelosi has repeatedly argued that the actual legislative language – and where that language steers the funds – has become the most critical aspect of any business, particularly funding states and communities with significant budget constraints, a key sticking point for the Trump administration.
In her letter on Saturday, Pelosi dismissed Trump’s proposal to “allow or withhold more money at our discretion rather than agreeing on a language that dictates how we honor our workers, destroy the virus and put money in workers’ pockets.” “.
The Democratic leader said “despite these unresolved concerns” she remains “hopeful” that developments on Friday will bring them closer to an agreement on an aid package.
This story was updated with additional developments on Saturday.