The White House is pushing for the “liability shield” as a top priority but would be willing to sign off on a deal that removes the legal protections. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) controls the Senate floor and drew a red-line on liability protection for businesses and could shoot down any deal that leaves out what he has said is a necessary component of any stimulus package.

The White House is willing to cut a deal with Democrats that leaves out Senate Republican legislation aimed at protecting employers, hospitals and schools from coronavirus-related lawsuits.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows chided Democrats for playing politics in coronavirus stimulus negotiations during an appearance in the White House briefing room Friday, criticism that was swiftly dismissed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Capitol Hill.

Pelosi dismissed the criticism outright, accusing Meadows and the entire Republican Party of “projecting” their own internal squabbles onto Democrats, who had already passed a fifth round of coronavirus relief through the House more than two months ago.

Austan Goolsbee, professor at the University of Chicago Booth School and former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, and Andrew Olmem, partner at Mayer Brown and former National Economic Council deputy director, join “Squawk Box” to discuss the negotiations for more coronavirus relief.


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