TheHill reports Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said on Thursday night that Democrats rejected a short-term deal as negotiators remain at loggerheads over the next coronavirus relief bill.
“We made a proposal for a short-term deal. And as of now they’ve repeated they don’t want to do that,” Mnuchin told reporters after a nearly two-hour meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Meadows.
Mnuchin declined to say what the administration offered during the meeting, which was the fourth time the group has met in as many days. But Meadows subsequently tweeted that they offered a “temporary extension of needed unemployment assistance.”
“The proposals we made were not received warmly,” Meadows told reporters at the Capitol.
Trump and his chief of staff indicated just hours before the meeting that they were hoping to get Democrats to agree to a smaller deal on just two issues: unemployment benefits and preventing evictions.
“I think probably trying to resolve the enhanced unemployment issue, obviously,” Meadows said, when asked about the goal for the meeting. “And so we want to go ahead and … address the eviction provisions that hopefully will keep people from being evicted from the homes, at least through the end of the year, on both of those things.”
Trump homed in on evictions while speaking from the White House saying that, “we’re asking Democrats to work with us to find a solution that will temporarily stop evictions.”
But any attempt to get a short-term or pared-down bill was all but guaranteed to be rejected by Pelosi and Schumer, who have remained united during the days-long talks.
Democrats have repeatedly said they do not want a short-term deal or a smaller bill.