The White House on Thursday offered a one-week extension of the $600 weekly unemployment benefit, top Democrats said, but Pelosi rejected it, saying it needs to be addressed as part of a far more sweeping bill that would deliver aid to state and local governments, help for the poor and funding for schools and colleges to address the pandemic.
"The speaker of the House and the Democratic Leader are continuing to say "our way or the highway" with a massive wish list for left-wing lobbyists that was slapped together a few weeks ago called a coronavirus bill", McConnell said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Republican lawmakers and the White House are engaging in "condescension" when they suggest a $600-per-week federal unemployment enhancement is too high and should be scaled back or ended.
"The Democrats right now are insisting on over $1 trillion to state and local governments, and that's something we're not going to do", Mnuchin said.
Democrats and Republicans are also at odds with providing more funding to cities and states amid the economic downturn.
Mnuchin also said he was "surprised" at Pelosi's claim that Republicans don't want to kill the coronavirus.
Because the $600 per week was calculated to be a rough average of the whole lot of unemployed people's income, it's true that some are making more than they were, and some less. Republicans support the measure and Democrats do not.
Unemployment "should be linked to some percentage of wages, the fact that we had a fixed number was just a matter of emergency", Mnuchin said in an interview on ABC "This week", but added: "About the concept, we absolutely in accordance with the increase in unemployment, we want to solve the problem".
Home Democrats already have passed a bill extending the $600 weekly payments through January 31, 2021.
According to Mnuchin, the White House is interested in extending enhanced unemployment insurance and liability insurance.
Last Friday, the $600-per-week Pandemic Unemployment Assistance - an additional payment for desperate Americans above state unemployment checks - expired.
Federal pandemic unemployment benefits given to 30 million Americans officially expired on Friday, but Congress and the Trump administration were no closer to a deal that would salvage any portion of a $600-per-week check.
'On the other hand, ' he said, 'we have to be careful about not piling on enormous amounts of debt'. The treasury secretary told reporters beforehand that if Democrats were "serious" about negotiating, "we can do a deal quite quickly".
Mnuchin said Saturday that even as the two sides were finding areas of agreement on policy, there was still disagreement on the best way to move forward legislatively. Republicans want to lessen the payments to $200 for each week although Democrats are pushing to lengthen the latest $600 rate to the first handful of months of 2021.
"We must defeat this virus and that is one of the points that we still have not come to any agreement on", Pelosi said on ABC.
At a press conference in Manhattan on Sunday, Schumer accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of "dithering" on negotiations and failing to engage with a rival $3 trillion bill the House passed in May.