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As the next coronavirus package negotiations continue to reach a stalemate between the White House and lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Fox News is reporting that the president is considering a unilateral approach that will not need congressional approval.
A senior administration official told Fox, “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,”
At the moment, the biggest block to the stalled stimulus package concerns disagreements to extend the weekly federal unemployment boost, according to Business Insider.
The Democrat Party wants a longer extension of the $600 weekly unemployment benefit. The Republican Party prefers to reduce that amount to $200.
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said last week that the president didn’t support continuing the expanded $600 per-week federal benefit, believing it to be an incentive for people to simple stay at home. The weekly benefit expired at the end of July.
On ABC’s “This Week”, Meadows said, “The original unemployment benefits actually paid people to stay home, and actually a lot of people got more money staying at home than they would go back to work,
“We are going to be prepared on Monday to provide unemployment insurance extension that would be 70% of whatever the wages you were prior to being unemployed,” Meadows said.
Fox reports Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended Senate Republicans over the weekend, saying their delay in crafting a final proposal for a fourth coronavirus stimulus package was due to their review of the money already spent in previous packages, and whether that money had been used before appropriating additional funding.
Speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “AC360” last Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated, “the Republican Party seems to have “a disdain” for working people in a searing assessment of the stalled negotiations for a sweeping stimulus deal.
Pelosi also added, “The people are hurting,” she continued. “The unemployment (rate) is high, and that we have a way to address this in terms of honoring our heroes, testing, tracing, treatment, as well as money in the pockets of the American people — being respectful of them, and understanding their needs.”
Others, such as Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson told Fox News on Sunday that after Democrats passed the “Heroes Act” in May, he “made the assumption that they really weren’t ever going to negotiate in good faith and it’s really tragic.”
Very much like the recent House Hearing with Attorney General Barr, there still seems to be a very thick and extremely high wall between what the Democrats and the Republicans perceive to be the priority.