House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested there are still several disagreements between House Democrats and the Trump administration on the latest coronavirus relief package, writing that Donald Trump “wants more money at his discretion to grant or withhold” in a letter to Democratic colleagues Saturday regarding the president’s latest proposal.
“When the President talks about wanting a bigger relief package, his proposal appears to mean that he wants more money at his discretion to grant or withhold, rather than agreeing on language prescribing how we honor our workers, crush the virus and put money in the pockets of workers,” Pelosi wrote. “At this point, we still have disagreement on many priorities, and Democrats are awaiting language from the Administration on several provisions as the negotiations on the overall funding amount continue.”
She said that the stimulus proposal essentially amounted to “one step forward, two steps back.”
In a series of tweets Tuesday, Trump said that he was abruptly ending coronavirus relief negotiations, mentioning that he “instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election.” The president reversed course just moments later, urging the House to pass standalone relief bills and suggesting that he would support a substantial relief package.
White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow told Fox Business on Friday that Trump has “approved a revised package” and that he would “like to do a deal.”
“Covid Relief Negotiations are moving along. Go Big!” Trump tweeted that same day.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin put forward a $1.8 trillion proposal on Friday,