House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday she's hopeful for a stimulus agreement this week, which would be crucial to getting a bill passed before the November 3 election, although Senate Republicans continue to be suspicious of a Pelosi-led deal.
But with Trump making a series of erratic pronouncements, including ending the talks altogether only to restart them and saying he wanted to spend even more than the Democrats, Pelosi has been holding out for more.
"Not every Republican agrees with me, but they will", he said.
Senate Democrats blocked the legislation Republicans will offer on Tuesday when it was first offered last month, saying it's insufficient because it leaves out multiple priorities including $1,200 stimulus checks for individuals that are part of the package under discussion by Pelosi and Mnuchin.
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) told reporters that "it'd be hard" to find much support among Senate Republicans to mobilize behind the bill now being negotiated between the White House and Pelosi.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said a deal must be reached by Tuesday in order for legislation to have a chance of passing before the election.
Pelosi negotiated with Mnuchin for almost an hour on Monday, and her office said they are continuing to narrow their differences - though the progress may be coming too late to immediately deliver on jobless aid, a second round of $1,200 direct payments, and money for schools, testing, and vaccines. "We should have done something and we had the opportunity and the Democrats wouldn't do it several months ago". Another Pelosi-Mnuchin phone call is slated for Tuesday afternoon.
Hammill said negotiations will continue on Wednesday.
Pelosi, who has pushed for US$2.2 trillion along with a number of requirements for how the money should be deployed, told reporters that she's still working toward an agreement this week.
McConnell said that if Pelosi and the White House reach a deal and it's passed by the House, the Senate would consider it. He also said that if the House were to pass a bill supported by the president, he would bring it to the Senate floor "at some point," though he didn't specify whether a vote would take place before the election.
That's why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell argued the lower cost extension of the popular PPP program made more sense now because the program made a huge difference to small and midsized businesses even if it doesn't include everything Democrats want. Overall, the White House is offering $1.8 trillion but President Trump has signaled he'd be willing to go higher.
Roughly 22 million jobs were lost from February to April. In February, the unemployment rate was 3.4%. And the two sides are "in range" on health care provisions in a stimulus bill that go beyond testing and tracing the coronavirus pandemic, she said.