White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Wednesday warned there likely wont be a COVID-19 relief package deal if the parties involved dont come to an agreement on Friday.
“I think at this point were either going to get serious about negotiating and get an agreement in principle or Ive become extremely doubtful that well be able to make a deal if it goes well beyond Friday,” Meadows told reporters following another meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
“Weve been spending so much time together that if youre not making progress, theres no sense to continue,” he added, according to The Hill. The comments from Meadows might be an attempt to place more pressure on the parties involved in the talks.
Last week, Senate Republicans introduced the $1 trillion HEALS Act, while Democrats passed the $3 trillion HEROES Act. Contentious issues include whether to continue the $600-per-week unemployment benefits that were passed in March, provide $1 trillion in aid to state and local governments, liability protections, adding to the federal deficit, and more.
It comes as President Donald Trump has floated issuing executive orders on suspending payroll taxes and extending a moratorium on evictions that expired late last month.
“The president continues to look at executive action on a variety of issues that are affecting those who have economically been impacted by the COVID-19 virus. I dont know I would put them necessarily on the timeline you outlined,” he said.
Trump on Wednesday morning told Fox News that “I may do it myself.”