Still, the House vote late Thursday put House Democrats on record shortly before Election Day in support of new spending to help pull the economy out of its coronavirus-induced downturn.
It also includes increased food assistance benefits, $436 billion in state, local, and tribal government funding, more OSHA worker protections, $3.6 billion for election resources and a restoration of the $600 a week boosted unemployment payments. Weak Senate Republicans and House Democrats have pushed for concrete activities they can show constituents when battling as the two players attempt to keep their larger parts. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called the $2.2 trillion price tag "outlandish", although Democrats have reduced the cost of their proposal by over a trillion dollars since May.
Pelosi has called upon Democrats to increase campaign funding in hotly-contested states, telling members of her party that they "cannot leave anything to chance".
"This is tragic, it's very sad, but it also is something that going into crowds, unmasked, and all the rest, was sort of a brazen invitation for this to happen", Pelosi said, adding she hoped the news would be a message to others to follow guidelines for avoiding the spread of the virus.
Pelosi and House Democrats, however, blocked a Republican motion on Wednesday that would provide more aid for small businesses and workers last week.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: In an interview Friday with MSNBC, Pelosi said she had been tested on Friday morning and was awaiting results. They disagreed on how much aid state and local governments should receive and whether they need to establish a liability shield for businesses and schools.
Nanci Pelosi, the Democratic president of the House, held talks on Thursday with minister Steven Mnuchin of Finance, but that did not lead to a breakthrough either.
"If they can reach an agreement I will take a look at it and see whether I can sell that to Senate Republicans", McConnell said.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Thursday that the White house had raised its offer to $1.6 trillion and accused Pelosi of "not being serious". "It's one that she is not interested in".
"And I don't want to end up in the Supreme Court and I don't want to go back to Congress either, even though we have an advantage if we go back to Congress...does everyone understand that?"
Earlier this month, a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers, dubbed the "Problem Solvers Caucus", rolled out a $1.5 trillion compromise bill. Following their long conversation, both congressmen voted in favor of Pelosi's stimulus bill.
The number of people claiming unemployment rose slightly, to 26.5 million, and Americans' income dropped in August along with the expiration of emergency federal aid programs.
He said the chances of a deal would be completely hopeless if not for recent announcements of layoffs by airlines and companies in other industries.