Pelosi Statement After Conversation with Trump Administration on COVID-19 Relief

August 27, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after a 25-minute phone conversation with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows about the need for coronavirus relief:

“This conversation made clear that the White House continues to disregard the needs of the American people as the coronavirus crisis devastates lives and livelihoods. 

“Originally, House and Senate Democrats made clear we would be willing to cut a trillion dollars if the White House would add a trillion for a bill.  In order to meet in the middle, we have now said we would be willing to go to $2.2 trillion to meet the needs of the American people.  This is not about dollars, this is about values.  These investments will not only help crush the virus, they will also help bolster the economy.

“The Administration’s continued failure to acknowledge the funding levels that experts, scientists and the American people know is needed leaves our nation at a tragic impasse.

“Over 100 days after House Democrats passed the Heroes Act, another 4.4 million Americans have becomes sick and over 90,000 have died.  Yet, Republicans continue to turn their backs on the American people: 

  • Abandoning health care workers, teachers and other frontline workers by rejecting our call for robust support for state, local, tribal and territorial governments and saying that they should just go bankrupt.
  • Abandoning teachers and children and their families by bullying many schools into reopening before it is safe to do so, which creates new vectors for the virus to spread.
  • Abandoning the 14 million hungry children in America by ignoring the priority of food insecurity, offering just $250,000 when experts estimate that tens of billions are needed.
  • Abandoning families, workers and small businesses by offering a grossly insufficient $16 billion for testing and tracing, when scientists say that at least $75 billion is needed to crush the virus and safely reopen schools and the economy, and not supporting OSHA protections for workers.
  • Abandoning working families by providing nothing for rental assistance, when millions are at risk of eviction and homelessness.
  • Abandoning voters and our democracy by refusing to agree to the funding needed to ensure that no one has to choose between their health and their vote this November.

“Democrats are willing to resume negotiations once Republicans start to take this process seriously.  Lives, livelihoods and the life of our democracy are at stake.”