For the first time in weeks, Nancy Pelosi and Mark Meadows, talked by telephone for about 25 minutes. As most of you know, Nancy Pelosi is the democratic House Speaker and Mark Meadows is the republican White House Chief of Staff.
But Pelosi and Meadows failed to crack a stalemate over coronavirus relief Thursday when they spoke at length for the first time in weeks.
Negotiations between Democrats, led by Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and the White House, led by Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, collapsed earlier this month amid disagreements on a number of issues, such as unemployment aid, state and local government relief, and school funding.
Congress has failed to pass a fifth package to try to combat health and economic crises created by the pandemic even after a $600 per week extra jobless benefit, a federal eviction moratorium and the chance to apply for a small business loan program expired.
The big problem causing the impasse is Pelosi pushing for a broader approach to stimulus with a $2.2 trillion price tag, while the republicans are considering a more narrow, $500 billion proposal to address unemployment insurance and small business loans, among other issues.
Pelosi said the sides stood at a “tragic impasse” after the Trump administration again did not meet her demand to roughly double the price of its aid proposal to $2.2 trillion.
The Trump administration may not give in to the democrat demands, so when all of Congress returns in September, it will not only have to consider coronavirus relief plans, but also funding measures to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month.
Maybe with the $1.7 trillion additional that Pelosi wants, but hasn’t been able to get, will help in the refunding measures to avoid the government shutdown.