“We continue to make offer after offer and continue to move nancy goalposts,” Meadows told CNN’s Jake Topper on State of the Union.
Negotiations between administration officials and congressional Democrats have continued at the staff level for the past few days as millions of Americans look forward to additional coronavirus relief measures. Pelosi pointed out on Sunday that the two sides did not agree on language on key issues such as coronavirus testing, unemployment benefits and state and local funding.
“They said we support testing language with a small touch. It’s 55% language. We are still waiting for the final OK. And in all of this it is a central issue,” Pelosi said. “We’re ready to change some words in the bill to come back with some changes.”
She said she sent a list of the remaining concerns she had to the White House on Friday and hoped she would get some answers to those issues on Monday.
“It could happen in the House this week. But it’s up to Mitch (McConnell, the majority leader of the Senate) to go to the Senate and go to the President’s desk, this is our hope and prayer,” Pelosi said.
Meadows told Topper on Sunday that he had identified Senate Republicans who would vote for the stimulus bill, but said “we are not Nancy Pelosi.”
“We are not going to vote or comment on the bill and approve it before we read it,” he said.
Sources told CNN that McConnell had privately asked the White House not to conclude a pre – election stimulus agreement because it did not have the support of Senate Republicans to approve it.
Pelosi said that even if the Democrats win the election, they will continue to work with the White House and McConnell because “the people need immediate help.”
Election day was a big blow to these stimulus talks.
This election pushed President Donald Trump back into the negotiating table and its imminence brought the need back to an impenetrable display. Businesses that are now struggling to negotiate a deal will need increased cash flow, rent money and increased benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP or Food Stamps.
The story was co-authored by CNN’s Manu Raju and Lauren Fox.