NANCY Pelosi has blasted Republicans who are "refusing to lift a finger" for the $1,200 coronavirus stimulus check deal.
The House Speaker made the remarks in a statement she released on Labor Day, highlighting the trials and tribulations of being a working American.
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Pelosi concludes her letter by addressing the coronavirus crisis and the long-awaited stimulus checks.
"Sadly, this Labor Day, America's workers are facing the staggering assault on their health and economic security from the unprecedented coronavirus crisis," she wrote.
"Yet, with millions of workers still unemployed and millions more at risk of losing their jobs, Republicans and the Trump Administration continue to ignore the scale of the crisis and refuse to lift a finger to help working families.
"We must act quickly and decisively to defeat the virus, provide critical financial relief to state and local governments to preserve jobs, and keep workers safe with strong OSHA protections.
"During this difficult moment for America, Democrats remain steadfast in our commitment to delivering the support and relief hard-working Americans need and deserve as we build on our achievements and advance an economy that works for everyone."
However, an interview with Fox News Sunday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said that Pelosi is refusing to discuss the stimulus package unless Republicans will agree to spending $2.5trillion.
"In my discussions with the Speaker, where we're really stuck, it's certain policy issues, but more importantly on the top line, the Speaker has refused to sit down and negotiate unless we agree to something like a $2.5trillion deal in advance," Mnuchin said.
Democrats and Republicans were still butting heads on several issues – including the cost of the package – when Congress adjourned for a summer break in August.
Lawmakers are due to return from recess on September 8, leaving many Americans hopeful that a bill similar to the CARES package, and another round of $1,200 stimulus checks, will get approval by the end of this week.
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