The Trump administration is reportedly considering looking into “a number of options” to help Americans by offering Coronavirus relief as the Democrats stall talks in congress for the next stimulus package.
A senior administration official told Fox News Monday that the administration is weighing taking unilateral action to quell the economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As the negotiations continue to progress as a snail’s pace, the administration is considering a number of options that might be available without congressional legislative action,” the official said.
At this point, it is unclear what item the administration could attempt unilateral action on, but much of the negotiations on Capitol Hill have come to a stalemate with regards to unemployment benefits.
“Those that are counting on enhanced unemployment need to be gravely concerned about the lack of progress,” White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said. “My recommendation would be for them to call their members of Congress and their senators and ask them why they are not willing to compromise when obviously the White House is willing to compromise.”
Meadows added: “There are two things standing in the way to a deal on enhanced unemployment benefits continuing. One is Sen. [Chuck] Schumer and Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi and the other is a negotiating tactic that puts people at risk.”
Meadows said that the Democrats rejecting the extension of unemployment benefits was “heartless.”
“The Democrats believe they have all the cards on their side, and they’re willing to play their cards at the expense of those that are hurting,” he said.
Meadows added that Democrats were refusing to strike a deal and that they had made “zero offers.”
Republicans offered numerous different proposals for the extension of unemployment benefits and the Democrats shut them all down.
Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson said, “I was on the floor of the Senate on Thursday, offering to pass something on a unanimous consent basis to extend federal plus-up of unemployment, not the $600 level that has been very disincentivizing for people to reenter the workforce,” Johnson said, adding that Democrats “said no to that.”
“Then [Arizona Republican Sen.] Martha McSally, so we wouldn’t leave anybody in the lurch, offered to just extend the current $600 for a week so we could negotiate and they said no to that,” Johnson continued.
“I think their obstruction, their unwillingness to really work with us in good faith … speaks volumes.”
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin noted that President Trump is “very concerned” about unemployment benefits expiring, adding that he was “surprised” by the Democrats’ refusal.
President Trump, on Monday, spoke out against the Democrats and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi by accusing them of blocking any advances in stimulus talks.
“What the Democrats want, they’re slow-rolling it and all they’re really interested in is bailout money to bail out radical left governors and radical left mayors,” Trump said.
Trump cited Chicago, Portland, and New York City as examples of poorly run cities that do not deserve a bailout.
“We’re really not interested in that,” Trump said.
He added that Democrats failed to act to help Americans still suffering from the effects of the virus and the economic shutdowns.
“They’re not interested in the people. They’re not interested in unemployment. They’re not interested in evictions,” Trump said.