Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday said COVID-19 stimulus negotiations remained at a standstill over Democratic lawmakers' consistent push for nearly $1 trillion in aid to state and local governments whose budgets have been battered during the pandemic.
Pelosi and Mnuchin were on "Fox News Sunday", Schumer was on ABC's "This Week" and Lamont was on CBS' "Face the Nation".
Senate Republicans have proposed $1 trillion in their HEALS Act, which omitted $1 trillion for state and local government funding. Talks by the two sides broke down last week. When Congress decided on the $600 payments, it was in part because many state's systems wouldn't be able to process income-based benefits in a realistic time period. "He said let's continue at $400", Mnuchin said, referring to an executive order providing up to $400 in unemployment benefits - a reduction from its previous run at $600 a week - that also asks states to cover 25% of the cost.
"We will probably find that out today and tomorrow as we make our canvass - we have been in touch with them", he said on CNN's "State of the Union".
Trump also acted to defer payment of the payroll tax, a long-pushed goal that had little support from either party on Capitol Hill, and federal student loans.
The other three actions he signed include a memorandum on a payroll tax holiday for Americans earning about $100,000 a year or less, an executive order on "assistance to renters and homeowners" and a memorandum on deferring student loan payments. "President Obama did not have the power to unilaterally rewrite immigration law with DACA, and President Trump does not have the power to unilaterally rewrite the payroll tax law". "We're disappointed that instead of putting in the work to solve Americans' problems, the President instead chose to stay on his luxury golf course to announce unworkable, weak and narrow policy announcements to slash the unemployment benefits that millions desperately need and endanger seniors' Social Security and Medicare".
"What President Trump did, he really showed he was the one person in the room that put people before politics", McCarthy said.
"That is not what the president said at all", host Dana Bash rejoined. He is seeking to set aside $44 billion in previously approved disaster aid to help states, but said it would be up to states to determine how much, if any of it, to fund, so the benefits could be smaller still. "It's on shaky ground legally, but even to the extent that he's executive orders, they aren't going to meet the demand".
With one out of every 66 residents infected with coronavirus, the U.S. has recorded more than 160,000 deaths, almost a quarter of the world's total.
"We are working 24-7 on these things", Navarro said in his NBC interview.
"The concept of saying to states, 'you pay 25% of the unemployment insurance, ' is just laughable", the governor said on Sunday during a coronavirus teleconference with reporters.
Trump's national security advisor, Robert O'Brien, who said he had recovered from a bout with coronavirus, described the state of testing in the United States as a "miracle".
"Struggling Americans need action now".
But experts from outside the administration cast the fight against the coronavirus in a far bleaker light.
Ms Pelosi said she gave him and Mr Meadows a stern parting message: "Come back when you're ready to give us a higher number". "It's not useful at that point".