House Speaker Nancy Pelosi struck a hopeful tone on stimulus negotiations with the White House, raising the prospects of a final deal. Many Republicans say they can't vote for another huge Pelosi-brokered agreement.
After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared a self-imposed Tuesday deadline to wrap up negotiations on a almost $2 trillion coronavirus pandemic relief bill so that it can be voted on before Election Day, she is now softening her tone, giving both sides more room to continue negotiations.
"I'm a legislator, they're not necessarily legislators, so I'm trying to impress upon them: if we want to have this by Election Day and I think we can, we have to engineer back from there to this week", Pelosi said. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has warned the White House not to rush into an agreement before the election, according to a person familiar with the matter.
"I think if we don't have something agreed to and partially processed - maybe the House has voted and we haven't gotten to it yet before the lame-duck - I think the lame duck is a really hard time to get much done in any lame duck and I don't see why this one would be different", he told reporters.
If he wins, Trump is promising relief, but if he loses - as polls are indicating - it's unclear that his enthusiasm for delivering Covid aid will be as strong. John Thune of South Dakota, who serves as majority whip. "We have to do more".
The measure did not include another round of stimulus checks nor any aid for state and local governments to help them pay the salaries of police officers, firefighters, health care workers, teachers and other public employees.
"It's a question of, is it in time to pay the November rent, which is my goal, or is it going to be shortly thereafter and retroactive", she said. Another conversation is slated for tomorrow.
Pelosi is now negotiating with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin over a second stimulus package that would include, among other things, direct payments to the American public. "That's because she doesn't want anything to pass, she and [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer have made a calculated decision".
"We want to get something passed, but having Montana taxpayers bail out California and NY is not the right thing to do". Advertisement Stimulus negotiations between Democrats and the Trump administration have lurched chaotically for the past three weeks.
"It's getting to be toward the last minute and the clock keeps ticking away", Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, R, said. The administration's offer has increased to US$1.88 trillion, but it's not just a matter of amount, he said.
Both measures were blocked by Democratic senators. "And as I say, and he says to me and I say to him, 'Why would I even be talking to you if we didn't think that we could, and need to have a decision and agreement?'"
Pelosi said she and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke by telephone Tuesday afternoon, and that she hoped they could continue talks Wednesday after he returns from an overseas trip.