The orders Trump signed would provide an extra $400 in unemployment benefits, suspend some student loan payments and protect renters from eviction.
Democratic congressional leaders and White House officials said Sunday they are willing to continue negotiations to reach an agreement on a new coronavirus stimulus package to take the place of the executive orders President Donald Trump unveiled the previous day that aimed to address the economic hardships sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have to reach an agreement,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on “Fox News Sunday.”
The California Democrat said Trump’s executive orders failed to accomplish the administration’s own stated goals and that the idea that they could “take the place of an agreement is just not so.”
“We’ve got to meet halfway. We’ve got to do the best we can for the American people. But what they’re putting forth does not meet that standard,” she said.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said on ABC News’ “This Week” that Trump’s executive orders are “unworkable, weak, and far too narrow.” He hopes “Republicans who hung their hat on these executive orders will now be forced” by the economy and the pandemic to “come to the table, accept our compromise to meet in the middle, and come up with an agreement.”
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on “Fox News Sunday” that he is willing to continue negotiations with Pelosi and Schumer.
“Any time they have a new proposal, I’m willing to listen,” Mnuchin said.
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“The president has said, we can go back to the negotiating table,” White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told ABC News. “We’ve not said no to that. We’ve been up there every day.”
Both sides indicated they were still far apart on several key issues in a potential new stimulus bill, however, including how much money should be allocated for state and local governments and food assistance.
“How do you justify tens of billions of dollars to feed the hungry to $250,000,” Pelosi said of the difference between the Democratic and Republican bills. “You understand how far apart we are. just by that example.”
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