The speaker also checked off a laundry list of long contested items, including state and local aid; safely opening schools with new funding for teachers and support staff, social distancing measures, ventilation and sanitation; child care funding; tax credits for working families; worker safety; and an unemployment insurance boost.
Mnuchin's letter said that because Pelosi had sent the letter "to my office at midnight and simultaneously released it to the press, I can unfortunately only conclude it is a political stunt". "Her ALL OR NONE approach is hurting hard-working Americans who need help NOW!"
"Your responses are critical for our negotiations to continue", the California Democrat told Mnuchin in the letter dated Thursday. With the Senate adjoining until after elections, a stimulus package won't be coming in time for November 3, though White House spokeswoman Alyssa Farah commented on "Fox and Friends" that the White House is confident of getting something in the coming weeks.
Mnuchin, however, said that the administration had accepted Pelosi's proposal on dollars and language for coronavirus testing, and had also provided notes on the section on contact tracing.
The Trump administration warned Tuesday not to expect a major pandemic relief package before next week's election. President Donald Trump even said he would sign a bill that sent stimulus checks to Americans if a bill was passed.
"After the election, we'll get the best stimulus package you've ever seen, because I think we're going to take back the House because of her", Trump said. The chances of a speedy piecemeal package are even higher if Biden wins the elections, and the Republicans in the Senate still want a piecemeal deal which puts additional pressure on Pelosi to pass the piecemeal package to control the new Congress and Presidency.
"We are talking about quality", Pelosi stated.
The Kentucky Republican was on "The Hugh Hewitt Show" and was asked about the status of legislation to help Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a letter to Mnuchin on Thursday morning, Pelosi emphasized just how divided the two sides are on the details of a potential stimulus bill. They need real help. And second of all, we have plenty of work to do in a Joe Biden administration ... "So while we don't want to be overconfident or assume anything, we have to be ready for how we're going to go down a different path".