With the agreed upon deadline for Democratic leaders and the Trump White House to reach a deal on coronavirus relief just hours away, a survey released Tuesday shows that likely US voters overwhelmingly support a $2 trillion stimulus package to boost the economy and provide relief for the tens of millions of people left jobless, hungry, and at risk of homelessness by the ongoing pandemic.
On Tuesday, Trump said he wants to get to a deal done even more than Democrats, even if some of his Republican supporters disagree.
But "mixed messages" between Trump and Senate Republicans - who have opposed a package of $1.8 trillion or more - could pose a hurdle, Pelosi 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.
McConnell is expected to put his own stimulus proposal - worth around $500 billion - to a vote this week.
Earlier this year, the US Congress passed $3 trillion in coronavirus relief, and numerous Republicans who control the Senate are loath to pass another giant stimulus bill.
Democrats and Republicans have for months been at an impasse over a new economic relief package. Pelosi has set a 48-hour deadline to reach an overall agreement, adding that she's "hopeful" both sides can come together over wording.
But Pelosi has expressed optimism about a deal as she negotiates with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Another Pelosi-Mnuchin phone call is slated for Tuesday afternoon.
"We could still continue the negotiation".
"If Speaker Pelosi ever lets the House reach a bipartisan agreement with the Administration, the Senate would, of course, consider it", McConnell said in a statement on Saturday. 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. But she suggested the Democrats could find grounds to agree on liability protections if the administration agrees to eliminate certain language sought by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that she believes would overshadow protections for workers. But she noted that major issues remain unresolved and that even if an agreement is reached soon, direct payments to Americans struggling amid the pandemic won't reach households in time to help with November bills.
"At last, finally, they have come to the table and we're going to try to get something done", Pelosi said of White House negotiators.
The unemployment rate in September stood at 7.9%, estimated to be about 12 million people. 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.