Pelosi: 'Of course there's room for compromise' on $600-per-week unemployment benefit

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiYellen to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling or risk 'irreparable harm' Freedom Caucus presses McCarthy to force vote to oust Pelosi The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Tokyo Olympics kick off with 2020-style opening ceremony MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that “of course there’s room for compromise” on the now-expired $600-per-week unemployment benefit Democrats have advocated keeping.

CNN’s Dana BashDana BashKey Biden ally OK with dropping transit from infrastructure package Klobuchar: If Breyer is going to retire from Supreme Court, it should be sooner rather than later Sunday shows - Surgeon general in the spotlight as delta variant spreads MORE pressed Pelosi on why Democrats have not agreed to a compromise between the previous $600 a week and the Republicans' proposal of $200 per week in extra benefits.

“Would you do $400 extra?” Bash asked before Pelosi cut in and said, “I’m not negotiating that right here. It depends on what else is in the bill.”

Weeks of negotiations on the next coronavirus relief bill between Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerMcConnell pushes vaccines, but GOP muddles his message Biden administration stokes frustration over Canada Schumer blasts McCarthy for picking people who 'supported the big lie' for Jan. 6 panel MORE (D-N.Y.), White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsTrump to Pence on Jan. 6: 'You don't have the courage' Trump said whoever leaked information about stay in White House bunker should be 'executed,' author claims 'Just say we won,' Giuliani told Trump aides on election night: book MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Biden rallies Senate Dems behind mammoth spending plan Mnuchin dodges CNBC questions on whether Trump lying over election Democrats justified in filibustering GOP, says Schumer MORE stalled late last week. That prompted President TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? MORE to issue four executive orders, one of which lowered the unemployment benefit to $400 a week, forced states to pay 25 percent and extended it through the end of the year.

Pelosi criticized the Republicans' proposal for offering a limited amount of funding for food and no funding for elections, among other issues. Republicans, meanwhile, blamed Democrats for refusing to compromise.

Bash counteredm “I understand that you don’t want to negotiate with me, but my question is, are Republicans right when they say you will not come off of your $600 number, you will not come off of other figures, other policy initiatives that you want?”

“No, that’s not why we’re in stalemate,” Pelosi responded. “We’re in stalemate because the Republicans have from the start never understood the gravity of the situation we are in.”

Bash then pushed, saying, “Right now, they have nothing, as you well know, because those things expired.”

“Well, what do you think they get out of a $250,000 food designation in the Republican plan? In other words, you’re acting as if there’s some great big thing they’re proposing,” Pelosi said.

Bash said, “No, I’m asking if there’s room for compromise on your end.”

“Of course there’s room for compromise, but you have to see the entire package,” Pelosi said.