House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) again made the insane decision to refuse to agree to a coronavirus relief bill after months of failed negotiations with the White House.
The White House reportedly has offered Pelosi a deal that includes $400 per week in unemployment benefits and $1.6 trillion in federal funds, but it’s still not good enough for Pelosi.
“We raised our offer to $1.6 trillion,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Thursday. “It’s one that she is is not interested in,” adding that the Speaker is “not being serious” in the negotiations.
For her part, Pelosi dismissed the White House’s offer, presented by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, saying it “isn’t half a loaf, this is the heel of the loaf” during an interview on Thursday.
Pelosi has attempted to blame the months-long delay on a new economic relief package on Republicans, ignoring the fact that the White House has confirmed on multiple occasions that each new negotiation session has included concessions to Pelosi.
The White House plan, offered Wednesday, gave ground with a $250 billion proposal on funding for state and local governments and backed $20 billion in help for the struggling airline industry. Both areas are of great interest to Democrats’ union backers.
Pelosi has made it clear that she will not give ground in any way on the proposed relief, leaving Americans and the American economy suffering from the effects of the coronavirus lockdown with no end in sight.