Dr. Nitin Chhoda analyzes the current state of the stalemate between the White House, Republicans and the Democrats.
Pelosi: “We’re not having a short term extension”
Meadows declared Wednesday evening that the two sides remained “trillions of dollars apart,” adding: “We’re still in need of a breakthrough moment.”
Meadows accused Pelosi of trying to “wear you down until you finally say ‘I’ve had enough’ and you give in to her demands,” adding: “I typically will not concede as readily as some might think.”
Speaker Pelosi: “I feel optimistic that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but how long that tunnel is remains to be seen.”
‘I want to get an outcome’: McConnell defends strategy as he faces GOP grumbling
Senator Richard Shellby (R-Ala.) — the Senate Appropriations chair — told reporters in the Capitol today, bluntly: “We might not get a deal. … I think there’s a lot of pessimism here — will we get an agreement? Are we too far apart?”
“We’re at an impasse right now. I would hope over the next few days we can get together and do something that will help a lot of working people in America. Republicans and Democrats, get together. At the moment, it doesn’t look promising”
President Trump: “Upon departing the Oval Office for Ohio, I’ve notified my staff to continue working on an Executive Order with respect to Payroll Tax Cut, Eviction Protections, Unemployment Extensions, and Student Loan Repayment Options.”
Pelosi, Schumer, Mnuchin and Meadows negotiating session continues at 5 p.m. today.
Mitt Romney: Mnuchin and Meadows will hold 5 pm calls each day with Senate Republicans as they try to get a bill ready.
Republican senator Chuck Grassley (most senior senate Republican) about President Trump’s executive orders: “I doubt if he’s serious about doing executive orders, but is saying so to pressure Democrats.”
Heather Long: 31.3 million Americans are receiving unemployment aid:
That number went UP in July, a signal that
a) many layoffs became permanent and
b) states finally worked through their backlogs.
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