House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is the major “roadblock” preventing lawmakers from passing coronavirus relief legislation as the number of confirmed cases rises throughout the U.S.
“There’s one roadblock, there’s one big wall that has stopped this thing the entire time and it’s Speaker Pelosi,” McCarthy said during a press conference on Thursday.
McCarthy, R-Calif., who said he has been in touch with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and the White House about relief legislation, characterized Pelosi’s approach to negotiations as “nothing is better than something.”
A senior Democratic aide told Fox News on Thursday that McCarthy, Pelosi, McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., were scheduled to meet on Thursday – though it was not clear whether coronavirus relief would be discussed.
In response to McCarthy’s comments, Drew Hammill, spokesperson for Pelosi, told Fox News that Democrats have been pushing Republicans to move forward with coronavirus relief for six months.
“For six months, Democrats have been pressing Republicans to agree to the next round of coronavirus relief, and for six months, Leader McConnell has insisted on a ‘pause’ while the White House’s