Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), believes Democratic lawmakers are not willing to agree on economic relief for Americans affected by the CCP (Communist Party of China) Virus currently being negotiated in Congress.
“I think their obstruction, their unwillingness to really work with us in good faith … speaks volumes,” Johnson said in explaining the proposals that are being rejected by Democrats, according to an interview with Fox News released on Aug. 2.
Johnson, who is “on the front lines of the negotiations,” according to anchor Maria Bartiromo, said that to continue the plan that provided $600 a week and expired on July 31, another $1 billion bill submitted by Republicans should be approved, which Democrats oppose.
“Then [Arizona Republican Sen.] Martha McSally, so we wouldn’t leave anybody in the lurch, offered to just extend the current $600 for a week so we could negotiate and they said no to that,” Johnson went on to explain the other option opposed by the Democrats.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are the lead negotiators of the stimulus agreement.
Mnuchin corroborated Johnson’s statement.
“The president is very concerned about the expiration of unemployment insurance,” Mnuchin said.
“We proposed a one-week extension at $600 so that, while we negotiate a longer term solution, at least all those people don’t lose their money. I’m surprised the Democrats won’t agree to that. They’re insistent on having a larger deal” he added, according to ABC13.
Also, Mnuchin emphasized that along with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, they presented several different proposals to the Democrats.
“[We] understand that unemployment is supposed to be wage replacement, so it should be tied to some percentage of wages. The fact that we had a flat number was only an issue of an emergency,” he added, making clear why they preferred to change the $600 fixed contributions, which many legislators in his party said could discourage beneficiaries from seeking employment.
Johnson said the Democrats are more “interested in the election,” according to the same interview.
“They think they’ve got the upper hand right now,” he continued. “They’d rather not do anything and not help people as opposed to have the election issue. It’s very sad. It’s very cynical,” Johnson reiterated.