Congressional Democrats are slow-walking solutions for economic relief for Americans suffering under extended lockdowns, and the Trump administration is reportedly tired of waiting for a consensus.
According to a senior White House official, Trump is working with his economic advisers to craft unilateral actions to bridge the gap.
“As the negotiations continue to progress at a snail’s pace, the administration is considering a number of options that might be available without congressional legislative action,” the official told Fox News on Monday morning.
No further details have been released, but Republican and Democrat leaders in both chambers of Congress have signaled an unwillingness to budge on a number of major issues each side wants included in the bill.
White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, blasted Congress’s inability to come to a bipartisan solution in a Fox News interview:
Those that are counting on enhanced unemployment need to be gravely concerned about the lack of progress. My recommendation would be for them to call their members of Congress and their senators and ask them why they are not willing to compromise when obviously the White House is willing to compromise.
Meadows revealed last week that the White House had offered four different proposals for the coronavirus relief package, all of which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) rejected without offering a counter-proposal.