Mark Meadows and Steven Mnuchin will make yet another trip to Capitol Hill Monday for continued negotiations with Democrats on a new coronavirus stimulus package after weeks of talks deteriorated.
Even if a deal were reached today, a vote to enact the package wouldn't take place until late this week or early next week – meaning those receiving unemployment checks will go, at minimum, one week without the boosted $600-per-week benefits.
Meadows, the president's chief of staff, and Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, spent all last week on Capitol Hill negotiating with Democrats and Republicans to reach a deal before the enhanced benefits expired Friday.
They also met with Democrats on Saturday in a last-ditch effort to reach a compromise to extend unemployment payments.
Meadows has vowed that he will be at the Capitol every day this week.
'We will be speaking to both the president on a regular basis and the staff on a regular basis,' Meadows said. 'We will be back every day until we solve this.'
It could be a while until Americans see more economic relief in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic as Democrats and Republicans reach a deadlock in negotiations.
While the White House officials make a push to reach a deal, fiscal conservatives on Capitol Hill are not keen on passing a fourth sweeping relief package.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (left) and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows (right) are heading to Capitol Hill Monday for more negotiations on getting the next coronavirus relief package passed
Meadows promised to make a visit to the Capitol every day this week to reach a compromise on legislation as unemployed Americans are now faced with losing the $600-per-week unemployment boost, which expired Friday with no new deal on the table
Meadows and Mnuchin will meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (right) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (left)
Mnuchin said Sunday morning that Republicans are not willing to concede to the high price tag Democrats want on the legislation – a total of at least $3 trillion.
'That's something we're not going to do,' Mnuchin told ABC News This Week when asked about the $1 trillion measure Democrats are demanding in aid for state and local governments.
The Republican proposal laid out by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday had a total cost of $1 trillion, which some Republicans claim is already too high a price for yet another round of relief in less than five months.
Other than laying out the terms of the Republican-drafted legislation on Monday, however, McConnell has remained largely absent from negotiations and silent on the matter of the next package.
'We have to balance,' Mnuchin told ABC. 'There's obviously a need to support workers, support the economy.'
'On the other hand,' he said, 'we have to be careful about not piling on enormous amounts of debt.'
In a sign of a continuing partisan stalemate over another relief bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could not give a timeline on Sunday.
'The fact is we will be close to an agreement when we have an agreement,' she told ABC's Martha Raddatz.
Mnuchin told ABC News on Sunday that Republicans won't give into Democrats' urge for $1 trillion to state and