House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won’t back down on her demand that Republicans agree to at least $2 trillion in the next round of coronavirus aid, a signal that a weekslong impasse will not end soon.
The California Democrat questioned at her weekly press conference, “Why should there be a bill that has far less than what the public needs?”
Pelosi was expected to talk by phone Thursday afternoon to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who told reporters in the Capitol on Saturday that he was trying to meet with her in person, but she was unavailable.
The two sides abandoned meeting in person earlier this month after days of closed-door meetings did not yield a compromise. Pelosi has since then refused to meet with Meadows or Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin unless they agree to her demand that the negotiations start at a minimum of $2 trillion in overall