Bigger coronavirus stimulus bill

Is President Trump seeking to back a bigger coronavirus stimulus bill?

As the stalemate over a fifth relief bill drags on, and the employment and economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus is not near to ending, Trump has spoken of embracing “higher numbers”

In a tweet, the president told Republican lawmakers to “go for the much higher numbers” in legislation that seeks to boost the economy and health-care system, and also pushed for “stimulus payments,” which is good news for struggling Americans. This comes, as a way of encouraging Gop members to reach an agreement after many Republicans have supported no new spending or only limited relief.

According to CNBC, shortly after this tweet, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said ” that he is “probably more optimistic about the potential for a deal in the last 72 hours than I have been in the last 72 days.”

This comment form Meadows, who is one of the two leading White House officials who have been carrying out stimulus talks, followed the Tuesday release of a roughly $1.5 trillion aid proposal by the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus. 

Democratic House committee chairs rejected the proposal on Tuesday and Nina Pelosi said again she opposes a more limited relief proposal and believes a 2.2 trillion package is necessary.

In a written statement made on Wednesday, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, said they were “encouraged” by Trump’s tweet. 

They added that they “look forward to hearing from the President’s negotiators that they will finally meet us halfway with a bill that is equal to the massive health and economic crises gripping our nation.”

Speaking to CNBC, Meadows did not directly support the bipartisan House bill, but he did call it a “serious thought for consideration,” and said he was willing to stay engaged in talks but wanted to see a deal happen within “a week to 10 days.” 

Pressure on officials in Washington grows as the reelection fights in November approach. Some House Democrats have pushed Pelosi to back down and agree to a smaller relief package.

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