Pelosi again rejects short-term $600-per-week federal unemployment extension

Pelosi again rejects short-term $600-per-week federal unemployment extension

The top two Congressional Democrats Thursday accused Republicans of trying to "nickel and dime" struggling Americans by pushing for the smallest coronavirus relief bill possible and not understanding the gravity of the pandemic and economic fallout.

The comments from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., at a Capitol news conference revealed Democrats are standing firm for a massive stimulus package, similar to House Democrats' $3 trillion HEROES Act, and have rejected GOP efforts to slim down the response.

Wednesday night, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said the White House and Democrats were still "trillions of dollars apart" on a deal.

Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have been negotiating on behalf of the White House with the Democratic leaders.

Meadows accused Democrats of not budging, while Republicans are searching for a compromise.

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