Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a senior GOP leader, said Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows are saying they may set a deadline to set a deal on the massive coronavirus stimulus package. Talks have shown no sign of major progress.
“If there’s not a deal by Friday there won’t be a deal,” Blunt reported the two aides to President Trump saying, according to Roll Call. “At some point, you have to set a deadline or just continue this Kabuki dance every day and nobody wants to do that,” Blunt said. Mnuchin and Meadows derided the tricky three-way talks with Democrats as an unending “Kabuki dance.”
Democrats, similarly, were not as encouraged as they had been previously. Pelosi, while noting she was “confident that we will have an agreement,” appeared less optimistic on a deal coming to fruition by Friday, telling MSNBC “the timing of it I can’t say because I don’t know.”
Schumer echoed her points on the Senate floor Wednesday morning, noting the progress made but also the real-life ramifications for millions as the stalemate continued. “While we have started to generate some forward momentum, we need our partners in the White House to go much further on a number of issues,” he said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky.) responded by saying, “While Americans are struggling, the Democratic leaders have moved about one inch in eight days.”
But Republicans and Democrats remain so far apart on many issues, one of the biggest being the $600 boost to unemployment, which Democrats want to extend until at least January and Republicans have argued is too high and disincentivizes Americans from going back to work. Instead, Republicans have offered to slash the benefit to $200. The bonus bolsters state benefits that average nationally about $370 a week.
Time will tell, but with all the spending the on the Democrat side, as their plant would spend $3 trillion, while the Republicans are trying to get only what is really necessary, and get it done with $1 trillion. In my opinion we need to save the $2 trillion. This country cannot spend its way out of debt. And we can’t tax are way to prosperity.