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Stephen Moore: Republicans need to focus on negotiating with Pelosi on coronavirus stimulus

Economist Stephen MooreStephen MooreFormer Trump economic adviser praises 'blowout' jobs report As nation freezes, fossil fuels are keeping the lights and heat on Economist Moore says he's not sure US needs 'massive stimulus bill' MORE advised Republicans to focus on negotiating with House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: Democrats eye two-part infrastructure push; Michigan coronavirus cases surge Pence pleaded with military officials to 'clear the Capitol' on Jan. 6: AP Democrats see political winner in tax fight MORE (D-Calif.) ahead of the next coronavirus stimulus plan to be introduced by the Senate GOP on Monday. 

The Trump economist said Republican lawmakers have to present unity and stop "negotiating with themselves," calling for partisan agreement among conservatives to "do something about those $600 a week unemployment benefits," adding that they disincentivize people from rejoining the workforce.

"Republicans have to say what they stand for here. They have to stand up for tax cuts, deregulation, school choice, all of these things that need to be in the stimulus bill, but right now it looks like they are not," Moore said Sunday on John Catsimatidis's radio show on WABC 770 AM.

"My message to Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE is a bad stimulus plan is worse for the American economy than no plan at all," Moore added.

Moore's comments come as negotiations between Republicans and the White House have been ongoing about the next coronavirus stimulus package. Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinDemocrats justified in filibustering GOP, says Schumer Yellen provides signature for paper currency Biden's name will not appear on stimulus checks, White House says MORE and the Senate GOP have come to a "fundamental agreement," a top negotiator said Thursday, but they are trying to finalize the text of the bill. 

Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsStephen Miller launching group to challenge Democrats' policies through lawsuits A year with the coronavirus: How we got here Trump attacks Karl Rove: 'A pompous fool with bad advice' MORE made a rare appearance on Capitol Hill on Saturday as part of negotiations on the GOP proposal. The administration officials were there to meet with Senate staff, an unusual move considering lawmakers were not present. 

The Senate bill is purported to be released on Monday, as the beefed-up unemployment insurance and other critical provisions included in the March CARES Act are set to expire Friday.

Moore also criticized Pelosi over the $3 trillion relief bill passed by the House in May, slamming the legislation as "liberal special interest group funding."

The House bill, passed in mid-May, includes billions for testing, personal protective equipment and medical equipment as well as additional stimulus checks for Americans. A third of the funding would go to state and local governments whose budgets have been depleted while fighting the coronavirus. 

John Catsimatidis is an investor in The Hill.