Trump Signs $400 Unemployment Stimulus Extensions as Pelosi, Schumer Denounce Executive Orders
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer went on to issue a statement, labeling the measures being taken as “meager announcements” that will “provide little real help to families.”
“Today’s meager announcements by the President show President Trump still does not comprehend the seriousness or the urgency of the health and economic crises facing working families,” they wrote in a joint statement, also criticizing the president’s decision to announce his plans during a stay at his “luxury golf course.”
“These policy announcements provide little real help to families,” they wrote. “Furthermore, these announcements do nothing to increase testing, nothing to reopen schools, nothing to put food on the table for hungry families, nothing to prevent heroes being laid off across state and local government, nothing to protect the Postal Service or the integrity of our elections, nothing on many critical needs of the American people.”
Continuing, Pelosi and Schumer wrote: “Democrats repeat our call to Republicans to return to the table, meet us halfway and work together to deliver immediate relief to the American people. Lives are being lost, and time is of the essence.”
The Democratic leaders said on Friday that their offer to reduce the Democrats’ proposed $3.4 trillion relief package by $1 trillion had been rejected by the White House. A proposed plan by Republicans currently has a $1 trillion price tag, although as part of their offer, Democrats asked that the plan’s cost be increased by $1 trillion.
"That's a non-starter," White House Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday, according to The Hill. He went on to note that despite the lack of agreement in Congress, that Trump was "prepared" to take action on his own.
As of Sunday, there have been over 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States and at least 161,965 deaths, according to a New York Times database.
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