House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) again refused to cooperate with a proposal to extend a short-term unemployment relief deal while Congress works through the larger coronavirus relief bill.
Pelosi ended the discussion on Thursday by announcing “we’re not having short-term extensions” of the now-expired $600 per week unemployment benefit included in the last coronavirus stimulus bill.
Democrats are attempting to blame Republicans for holding up negotiations on the bill even as Democrat leaders openly reject all GOP attempts to negotiate. Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Tuesday:
Pretty nauseating how easily Congress rubber stamped a $4 trillion dark slush fund for Wall St as “COVID relief,” yet somehow $600 for workers in pandemic is controversial. Up close it’s staggering how much resistance there is in Washington to actually helping people directly.
Ocasio-Cortez did not address Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) repeated rejection of GOP and White House proposals to come to an agreement.
Pelosi and Schumer placed the blame on Republicans for “nickel and diming” Democrats.
“Think big because this is a big challenge and it will only get worse if we do not make the necessary investment,” Pelosi said. “Pay now or pay later — much more later.”
Talks over the bill have dragged on for months and are expected to continue through the rest of the week.