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What It Will Take for GOP, Democrats to Reach a Pandemic Relief Deal

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Aug. 13 that talks between the White House and Democrats on COVID-19 relief will only resume when Republicans provide $2 trillion.

It isnt clear when Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) will meet again with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other White House officials.

“I dont know. When they come in with $2 trillion,” she said, when asked about when talks might restart. “We cant wait until September 30. People will die.”

According to Pelosis office, she and Mnuchin spoke on Aug. 12 by phone, but the conversation didnt break the stalemate, with Pelosi saying she made the $2 trillion offer, and Mnuchin responded with a rejection.

He said Pelosis statement was “not an accurate reflection of our conversation.”

“She made clear that she was unwilling to meet to continue negotiations unless we agreed in advance to her proposal, costing at least $2 trillion,” Mnuchin told reporters.

The Democrats HEROES Act is worth about $3.4 trillion, while Republicans HEALS Act is worth about $1 trillion.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters that Pelosis offer to reduce by $1 trillion is unspecific, adding that the top Democrats “wouldnt even tell us what they would take out of the $1 trillion.”

“So they said wed come down a trillion, but wouldnt list out the things they would take out of their Democrat wish list,” she added.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) walks through Statuary Hall to the House Chamber for President Donald Trumps State of the Union address in the Capitol in Washington on Feb. 4, 2020. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

On Aug. 8, President Donald Trump took four executive actions to reinstate a federal eviction moratorium, extend student loan payment deferment, extend unemployment supplements at $400 per week, and suspend payroll taxes for people making less than $104,000. Democrats said the actions werent enough, while simultaneously criticizing them as unconstitutional.

A key point of disagreement is the $1 trillion in funding for state and local governments that Democrats have sought in their HEROES Act. Republicans have proposed a lesser amount. Democrats are also opposed to RepublicanRead More From Source