House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced the House could stay in session longer to come to a deal with the Senate for a new pandemic relief bill.
“We have been ready for two months and 10 days,” she said on CBS “Face the Nation,” making reference to the $3 trillion HEROES Act, which was passed in May.
“We cant go home without” an agreement on the bill, she added. “But its so sad that people should have this uncertainty in their life.”
Pelosi said she disagrees with the Republicans proposal to have liability protection for businesses as part of the next deal.
“What we will not support is what theyre saying to essential workers, you have to go to work because youre essential, we place no responsibility on your employer to make that workplace safe and if you get sick you have no recourse because weve given your employer protection and if you dont go to work because youre afraid of getting sick … you dont get unemployment insurance,” she added.
Her comments came after extra unemployment benefits for millions of people are slated to expire at the end of the month. The $600-per-week measure would be extended for several more months until January 2021 under the HEROES Act.
Over the weekend, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows made visits to Capitol Hill to meet with Republican Senate leaders on the legislation.
“The bill will be introduced Monday and were prepared to act quickly. This is all about kids and jobs. This is our focus, and we want to make sure something gets passed quickly so that we deal with the unemployment and all the other issues,” Mnuchin told the “Fox News Sunday” program.
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