White House pushes narrow virus aid, Pelosi blasts GOP delay

White House pushes narrow virus aid, Pelosi blasts GOP delay

United States 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 desire of the administration of US President Donald Trump to trim an expiring temporary federal unemployment benefit from $600 weekly to about 70 percent 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 – were returning to the Capitol later Sunday to put what Meadows described as “final touches” on a $1 trillion relief bill that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is likely to bring forward Monday.

“We can move very quickly with the Democrats on these issues,” Mnuchin said. “We’ve moved quickly before … If there are issues that take longer, we’ll deal with those as well.”