President Trump said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “want to meet to make a deal” on the fourth coronavirus stimulus package after negotiations between congressional lawmakers and the White House reached a stalemate. over the weekend.
“So now Schumer and Pelosi want to meet to make a deal,” the president tweeted Monday. “It’s amazing how it all works, isn’t it?”
“Where have they been for the last 4 weeks when they were ‘tough’, and just wanted BEFORE BAILOUT for Democrat-run states and cities that are failing miserably?”; Trump went on to add: “They know my phone number!”
The president’s tweet comes after he signed four executive actions over the weekend to secure financial help from Americans from the ongoing pandemic after Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill failed to reach an agreement on what to include in the fourth stimulus package.
WHFAR N IN K FRKATT E KATOR T COR KORNAVIRUSIT LIMITED executive orders?
Executive shares include $ 400 a week in additional unemployment benefits – a replacement for the program approved under the CARES Act earlier this year that gave unemployed people $ 600 a week extra until the federal program expires at the end of July.
The action would require states to pay 25 percent of the $ 400 weekly benefit, while the federal government would receive 75 percent.
The $ 400 pay for unemployed Americans came as Republicans on Capitol Hill argued that the initial unemployment insurance program discouraged Americans from returning to work, raising more money for the unemployed than for the employed. Republicans pushed for the program to be reduced to $ 200 a week, while Democrats argued the program should be renewed to the original $ 600 a week.
The president also signed executive actions that would encourage federal efforts to help tenants and homeowners avoid eviction or foreclosure for failing to make their monthly payments; defer payroll tax from September 1 to December 31, 2020, for employees making $ 100,000 or less per year; and suspend federal student loan payments and set interest rates at 0% by December 31, 2020 – the current student loan facilitation program was scheduled to expire on September 30.
But Schumer, DN.Y., on Monday called the executive orders “hilarious,” telling MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the administration has “no respect for the American people.”
Schumer went on to claim that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is to blame for the lack of an agreement on the fourth package.
“We came up with a strong plan, but we were even ready because we want so much to achieve that,” Schumer said. “We told the president, the president’s negotiators last week, we’re going to meet you in the middle. We’re going to cut a trillion. You raise a trillion. Do you know what they said? Absolutely not. I told them, you will “Is that your road or highway? And they said, ‘Yes.’
PELOSI SLAMS TRUMP EXECUTIVE ACTIONS AS AN ” ILLUSION ”
Pelosi, D-Calif., Meanwhile, slammed the president’s executive actions over the weekend as an “illusion” and “an unconstitutional slope.”
“While he has the illusion that we will have a moratorium on evictions, he says he will ask those in charge to study if this is possible. While he says he will do the payroll tax, what he is doing is undermining “Social Security and Medicare, so these are illusions,” said Pelosi.
She later added that Trump’s orders “do not give money in extended benefits, but put in place a complicated formula, which will take some time, if at all, to manage to put money in the pockets of the American people.”
Talks had stalled for weeks, with Democrats demanding more than $ 3 trillion in the aid bill as Republicans tried to finally come together around a $ 1 trillion proposal. Pelosi on Thursday proposed that the parties each give $ 1 trillion and pass a $ 2 trillion proposal, but Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday the idea was a “non-initial” one.