Pelosi: I’m Not Willing to Negotiate on $600 Unemployment Benefit

Ross Houston
August 4, 2020

"Our side was more than happy to [temporarily extend] unemployment" benefits and a moratorium on evictions, he said.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will meet again with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Tuesday, she said after talks on Monday for another round of coronavirus economic aid concluded.

"Who got hurt there?" he asked.

White House Trade and Manufacturing Policy Director Peter Navarro speaks during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in the press briefing room of the White House in Washington on March 27, 2020.

"The Democrats right now are insisting on over $1 trillion to state and local governments, and that's something we're not going to do", Mnuchin said.

The Republican HEALS Act - which bears a $1 trillion price tag compared with $3 trillion for the Democratic HEROES Act - provides an extra $200 per week. Studies have estimated between 40 and 68 percent of people on unemployment insurance are making more with the extra $600 than they were previously at work.

"It's condescension, quite frankly, because they're saying, (people) really don't need it; they're just staying home because they make more money at $600", Pelosi said.

"As the unemployment goes down, the number can go down", she said. "A building is on fire and they are deciding how much water they want to have in the bucket".

However, the people briefed on the deliberations said the administration's first preference is to reach a deal with Congress and that discussions on other tactics were preliminary and no final decisions had been made, according to the Post.

The Trump administration is considering taking "a number of options" without congressional approval as negotiations on the fourth coronavirus stimulus relief package are stalled between the White House and lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Fox News has learned.

Included in the HEALS Act proposed last week by Senate Republicans are payments of up to $1,200 for people earning $75,000 or less and $500 payments for children.

The HEALS Act and HEROES Act are both meant to offset economic damage incurred in the midst of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic.

After struggling to reach agreement among themselves on an overall bill, Republicans and administration officials have been pushing for a short-term fix to address the expiration of $600 weekly enhanced unemployment benefits, which lapsed Friday for some 30 million workers.

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