WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressional leaders and members of the Trump administration remain at odds over the best way to bring another round of emergency stimulus money to millions of Americans struggling during the pandemic.
What does President Trump's chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow have to say about the latest round of discussions?
"I don't want to bet on anything," Kudlow said Thursday. "I can just tell you right now it's a stalemate."
At stake is stimulus money, unemployment benefits and rental assistance, just to name a few. Both sides of the aisle are looking for a much-needed middle ground.
"Having said that, there are a couple things we would like to see, including money for reopening schools," Kudlow added. "$105 billion. Our side is higher than there's. and we'd like to see an extension of the PPP (Paycheck Protection Program)."
The ongoing talks and the so-called stalemate quickly trickle down to the state level, as lawmakers in Harrisburg are working on a budget and are also trying to bring much-needed aid to the state and Berks County.
"We have to borrow from the federal government right now in order to make our unemployment compensation payments," said state Sen. Judy Schwank, a Democrat who represents Berks County, "so that's a real hurdle for us."
Local governments are also suffering with a higher-than-normal number of people in the area out of work due to the pandemic.
"Every level of government has their responsibility," Schwank said. "Our municipal governments are suffering. Their tax roles have really decreased because payroll taxes, with people not working, are cut."
Just as state lawmakers are often asked to compromise by their constituents, those lawmakers are seeking the same at the federal level.
"We all need to work together," said Schwank. "This is what government needs to do to respond in times of dire need and we gotta get this going."