A bipartisan group of House lawmakers spoke to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to fuel the deadlocked discussions on the coronavirus stimulus package, a person at the meeting told NBC News on Saturday.
Seven members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, who had previously met twice to advance negotiations, were present at the Friday morning discussion. The dialogue has been "respectful and productive" and another meeting is possible, the person told NBC News.
Participants included Josh Gottheimer, DN J., Abigail Spanberger, DN J., Dean Phillips, D-Minn., Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif. As well as representatives Tom Reed, RN. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio and Pete Stauber, R-Minn.
"Members of the Problem Solvers Caucus spoke with Chief of Staff Meadows yesterday morning to discuss ways to clear the traffic jam, bring negotiators back into the room, and help America respond to the Covid crisis," a spokesman said the problem solver crisis said.
Coronavirus relief talks between Democratic leaders and the Trump administration halted on August 7, and the leaders have made no progress since then.
Agreeing on legislation or even passing a law seems weeks away. The Senate ended its last session on Thursday and will not return this month unless an agreement is reached and the House had already left Washington for the whole of August.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi called on the GOP to increase its offer of aid by $ 1 trillion and said it would then cut its offer by $ 1 trillion, resulting in a deal worth $ 2 trillion US dollars would lead. However, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other Republicans have repeatedly stated that the White House will not double the GOP's $ 1 trillion offer.
"While Congress Democrats continue to insist on blocking coronavirus legislation in favor of their own political interests, the White House continues to scrutinize all options for helping American workers, protecting our schools, and getting our economy going," he said a white house spokesman said.
After talks broke down, President Trump signed a number of executive orders to extend the pandemic. This move will quickly face legal challenges as Congress, not the President, controls federal funding.
The president's actions included increasing unemployment benefits to at least $ 300 per week, providing some evacuation protection, extending existing student loan relief, and introducing wage tax leave.
Correction: A bipartisan group of House lawmakers met with the White House Chief of Staff on Friday morning. In an earlier version of this story, the date was incorrectly given.