House Speaker Nancy Pelosi turned down an offer from the White House regarding a new coronavirus stimulus package on Saturday.
The California Democrat referred to the $1.8 trillion offer as “insufficient.”
Democrats have sought for months to pass $2.2 trillion or more in new aid, though critics say they are seeking economic bailout funds for Democrat-run states, as well as other wishlist items for the party.
Meanwhile, Republicans have sought a targeted relief package aimed directly at easing the burden on financially struggling Americans.
Talks between the two sides have stalled since May, and on Tuesday, President Donald Trump ordered his representatives to stop negotiating with Pelosi and House Democrats until after the election, Politico reported.
Later in the week, those with hopes that an agreement could be reached were pleased when Trump ordered talks to resume, this time with the White House willing to