White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows accused Speaker Nancy Pelosi of moving the goalposts on Sunday in stimulus talks, a sign that a deal both sides have been negotiating for weeks but an agreement remains elusive just nine days before the election.
“We’ve continued to make offer after offer after offer and Nancy continues to move the goalposts,” Meadows told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
But Pelosi countered during a separate interview with Tapper on Sunday: “They keep moving the goalposts.” Talks between administration officials and congressional Democrats have been ongoing at the staff level for the last several days, as millions of American await additional coronavirus relief measures. Pelosi indicated Sunday that the two sides have not agreed on language on such major issues as coronavirus testing, jobless benefits and state and local funding.
She also noted that on Friday she sent the White House a list of remaining concerns she had and said she hopes to have some answers on those issues Monday. “It could happen this week in the House. But that’s up to (Senate Majority Leader) Mitch (McConnell) as to whether it would happen in the Senate and go to the President’s desk, which is our hope and prayer,” Pelosi said.
Meadows told Tapper on Sunday that they have identified Senate Republicans who would most likely vote for a stimulus bill, but said, “We’re not Nancy Pelosi.” “We’re not going to vote or opine on a bill and pass it before we’ve read it,” he said.
Many Senate Republicans want to pass something but are not likely to pass a bill loaded with Pelosi’s wants for so many millions of dollars of wasteful spending not related to the coronavirus. Election Day has loomed large on these stimulus talks, but have seemingly not sped up the process and agreement between the two parties.