It seems that the problems of the second round stimulus check have been narrowed down, but the terms of it are still in the air.
Despite the election being less than two weeks away, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and White House Speaker Nancy Pelosi say it just hasn’t happened yet. Between the two White House officials, it’s unsure who is to blame since their pointing fingers at one another and accusing each other of changing the stimulus’ demand that is now at the $1.9 trillion mark, NewJersey.com reports.
“We have continued to make offer after offer after offer,” Meadows said. “And Nancy continues to move the goalposts.”
“Same thing, they keep moving the goalposts,” Pelosi said on CNN. “Every time they say we move the goalposts, that means they’re projecting what they did.” The house speaker hasn’t totally ruled out the possibility of a second stimulus before Election Day either. “I will never give up hope,” she said. “I’m optimistic. We put pen to paper and had been writing the bill, based on what we hope will be the outcome, what they said they would get back to us on.”
As for now, she is on stand by, awaiting a response from the other side. “I sent over on Friday the list of the concerns that we still had about it,” she said. “What is the answer? And my understanding is, he will be reviewing that over the weekend, and we will have some answers on Monday.”
It seems that the debate is over state and local aid and where the $75 billion aid to fight the pandemic will actually go, the news publication stated.
“We all want an agreement. Nobody wants it more than the House Democrats,” Pelosi said. “We represent these people. We have been fighting for food for the hungry, rent assistance for those who may be evicted. But, most importantly, we really have to stop the spread of the virus.”
From the Democrat side, the stimulus will provide citizens another $1,200, additional small business loan funds, as well as unemployment funds. But it’s the Republican Party who don’t want to go over a budget of $500 billion. Apparently, the party wants their priorities included in the next round.
“Senate Democrats had the opportunity to send relief to the American people this last week, and they didn’t do it,” Meadows said. “That should be a headline.”