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Pelosi, Schumer 'encouraged' by Trump call for bigger coronavirus relief package

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMcCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 After vote against coronavirus relief package, Golden calls for more bipartisanship in Congress Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerThe bizarre back story of the filibuster Hillicon Valley: Biden signs order on chips | Hearing on media misinformation | Facebook's deal with Australia | CIA nominee on SolarWinds House Rules release new text of COVID-19 relief bill MORE (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday they were “encouraged” by President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE’s tweet urging Republicans to go for a larger coronavirus relief package after months of stalled negotiations. 

Trump’s Wednesday tweet undercut Republicans' long-held position on the coronavirus relief package. 

“We are encouraged that after months of the Senate Republicans insisting on shortchanging the massive needs of the American people, President Trump is now calling on Republicans to ‘go for the much higher numbers’ in the next coronavirus relief package,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement after Trump’s tweet. 

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“We look forward to hearing from the President’s negotiators that they will finally meet us halfway with a bill that is equal to the massive health and economic crises gripping our nation,” the top Democrats added. 

Congress has not been able to reach a negotiation on another coronavirus relief package, with Democrats slamming a Republican proposal as an “emaciated” offer and Republicans unwilling to take up the Democrats’ $3.4 trillion relief package the House passed in May. 

But on Wednesday the president encouraged his party to back a more expensive bill. 

“Go for the much higher numbers, Republicans, it all comes back to the USA anyway (one way or another!),” Trump tweeted. 

He also slammed Democrats as “heartless,” and falsely accused them of not wanting to give stimulus payments to “people who desperately need the money.”