White House pushes narrow virus aid; Pelosi blasts GOP delay
July 27, 2020
WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday assailed Republican "disarray" over a new pandemic relief package as the White House suggested a narrower effort might be necessary, at least for now.
The California Democrat panned the Trump administration's desire to trim an expiring temporary federal unemployment benefit from $600 weekly to about 70% of pre-pandemic wages. "The reason we had $600 was its simplicity," she said from the Capitol.
The administration's chief negotiators - White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin - spent a few hours at the Capitol later Sunday to put what Meadows described as "final touches" on a $1 trillion relief bill Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to bring forward Monday afternoon.