Trump Says Pelosi, Schumer Want to Meet on Pandemic Relief Bill

President Donald Trump on Monday said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, want to meet with him to make a deal on COVID-19 relief measures.

Last week, talks between the White House, Schumer, and Pelosi broke down after meeting for consecutive days. Democrats proposed around a $3 trillion bill to address economic issues incurred during the pandemic, while Republicans last month unveiled a $1 trillion bill.

“So now Schumer and Pelosi want to meet to make a deal,” he wrote on Twitter. “Amazing how it all works, isnt it. Where have they been for the last 4 weeks when they were hardliners, and only wanted BAILOUT MONEY for Democrat run states and cities that are failing badly? They know my phone number!” He appeared to be making reference to statements from Pelosi and Schumer over the weekend on the necessity to continue talks on a broader relief bill.

Trump over the weekend issued several executive orders to extend a federal unemployment program that was authorized under the CARES Act. The payments will, however, be $400 per week instead of $600 per week. Republicans in the Senate had sought $200-per-week payments in the HEALS Act.

Other executive orders deferred a payroll tax, which funds Medicare and Social Security, on Americans earning less than $100,000 per year, authorized eviction protections from homeowners and renters, and issued a moratorium on student loan payments.

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President Donald Trump signs the Great American Outdoors Act during a singing ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Aug. 4, 2020. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Pelosi and Schumer, in weekend interviews, said that their party needs to “reach an agreement” with the White House on a CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus stimulus measure. “Weve got to meet halfway. Weve got to do the best we can for the American people. But what theyre putting forth does not meet that standard,” she told Fox News.

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