CHUCK Schumer said on Tuesday Nancy Pelosi was right to reject a White House stimulus plan, even though it puts a second round of $1,200 checks in jeopardy.
Speaking on MSNBC, Senate Minority Leader Schumer backed the Speaker's decision to dismiss the stimulus deal, saying, "Nancy is right to reject it."
"They are just playing a game," he added.
"They’re trying to say a higher number than they originally were without actually changing any of the language."
Schumer's comments came after Host Chris Hayes said he was "deeply confused about the status of things," with a tentative deal for $1.8trillion brokered by Secretary of State Steven Mnuchin dismissed by Pelosi.
Hayes said: "The speaker was on CNN today, basically saying, like, no, it’s not good enough, and that strikes people as a little nuts. If that were the deal, wouldn’t you all take it?”
However, Schumer said that the $1.8trillion is not ideal for "America's needs."
"The package that the House passed first – the $3.4trillion and then when they came down and did the $2.2trillion – was designed at a bare minimum to meet America’s needs.
"The $1.8 doesn’t, not just because it’s $1.8 but because the language in it is far worse than what is in the $2.2 and just doesn’t meet America’s needs.
"It depends on what day it is to know where Trump is at and where the Republicans are at. Trump today now says go big, and the Republican Senate says go very little or not at all. How do you negotiate?"
The interview came after Pelosi had an uncomfortable interview on Tuesday on CNN with host Wolf Blitzer pushing the Speaker over the holdup of the $1.8trillion package.
Pelosi slammed Blitzer as a "Republican apologist," claiming he had "no knowledge" of the details of such relief proposals.
The speaker said that she had pushed back against the Republican-proposed relief package because child tax credits and earned income credits were "eliminated."
As the heated exchange continued, Blitzer asked, "Why not work out a deal with [President Trump] and don’t let the perfect, as they say here in Washington, be the enemy of the good?"
Pelosi responded: "Well I will not let the wrong be the enemy of the right."
President Donald Trump on Friday offered a $1.8 trillion coronavirus relief package in talks with Pelosi after urging his team on Twitter to "go big."
This was closer to Pelosi's $2.2 trillion proposal, however, the proposal was dismissed by Pelosi as inadequate.
In a letter to Democratic colleagues, she explained that the proposal lacked a "strategic plan to crush the virus."
"This proposal amounted to one step forward, two steps back," Pelosi wrote.
Congress passed $3trillion in coronavirus aid in the spring, including help for the unemployed.
But both sides now believe that more aid is needed – despite the fact they can't come to an agreement.
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Republican-led U.S. Senate would vote next week on a targeted $500 billion coronavirus economic aid bill – the type Democrats already have rejected.
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