Democratic and Republican lawmakers are scrambling to negotiate the conditions of another pandemic stimulus package that would make it to President Donald Trump's desk.
Major points of contention are on the continuation of expanded unemployment benefits, hazard pay for frontline workers, and liability protections for businesses whose employees contract the virus.
Republicans, who advocate for liability protections and largely against expanded unemployment benefits, are accused of prioritizing corporate interests over the needs of the millions of Americans financially impacted by the pandemic.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) bluntly stated her evaluation of GOP concerns for working Americans in an interview on CNBC.
When asked why Republicans are expressing hesitation at expanded allocations for working class Americans, Pelosi responded:
"Perhaps you mistook them for someone who gives a damn for what you just described."
"They don't believe in governance, and that requires some acts of government to do that."
Pelosi and other prominent Democratic lawmakers have called for the Republican-dominated Senate to take up the HEROES Act, a package passed by the House of Representatives in May which the Senate has yet to bring to the floor.
The additional $600 to existing unemployment benefits expired at the end of July, adding even more urgency to these congressional negotiations.
People were so here for Pelosi's frank assessment.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has accused Democrats of letting unemployment benefits expire since they didn't accept a one week extension for the expanded benefits.
People aren't buying it.
Negotiations are expected to continue until at least the end of the week.