Mnuchin says he’ll listen to Democrats, and Pelosi hopes talks will resume

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Trump on Saturday sought to take matters into his own hands, signing executive orders and memorandums aimed at unemployment benefits, evictions, student loans and payroll taxes. Chuck Schumer, speak to reporters following a meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, on Capitol Hill, Aug. 7, 2020.

But the GOP plan released earlier this month by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had a $1 trillion price tag compared to the $3 trillion package advanced by Democrats, and talks last week between administration officials and Democratic leaders showed little evidence that compromise was coming any time soon.

Rudalevige told NPR that it is "conceivable" that Congress itself could have standing to sue over the question of unemployment appropriations, and noted that the House sued then-President Barack Obama over spending on the Affordable Care Act.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Sunday wasted no time in criticizing President Trump's flurry of executive actions, issued the day before amid a stalemate between his administration and Congress over a trillion dollar-plus coronavirus relief package. "Again, if we can get a fair deal we're willing to do it this week".

He has said in recent trade that the Democrats might be more inclined to make a deal now.

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Schumer decried the power grab as "paltry, unworkable, weak, and far too narrow".

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer dismissed the Trump's administrative actions as "all sizzle and no steak", held together by "spit and glue". "As the American people look at these executive orders they will see they don't come close to doing the job".

Democratic leaders also called for a return to negotiations, saying the president's measures fall short. Already, the Department of Labor is telling governors that Trump's promised $400 weekly jobless benefit boost will actually amount to just $300 if states are unable to provide the rest, according to information obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

"States don't have the money to do that", Pelosi said. "We're prepared to put more money on the table", he said.

But Democrats and Republicans alike have criticized Trump's orders, calling them unconstitutional and arguing they won't be effective because Congress, not the president, has authority over appropriations.

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"The president can defer the payroll tax, but he can't forgive it", Rudalevige said.

Such an assertion "belittles the American people", Schumer told ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

"I guess maybe they'll bring legal actions", Trump said when asked about potential legal challenges.

"Clearly, you don't have an understanding of what is happening here", Pelosi said.

The interviews came shortly before the USA reached 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, according to tracking data from Johns Hopkins University. "Americans want to work", Schumer said.

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Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, vice chair of the National Governors Association, said states can not afford to pay 25 per cent of unemployment costs as outlined by the president.

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