House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi defends not speaking to Trump for a year. On The Money: Kudlow is confident that Trump can “round up” the Senate GOP behind the coronavirus aid agreement. US deficit spikes.1T Romney condemns Trump for refusing to denounce QAnon on national television MORE(D-Calif.) Assistant Chief of Staff Drew Hammill said Saturday that there had been some “encouraging news to test”
The call is the latest development in the back and forth business cycle negotiations, which appear to have stalled as the White House has not yet been able to work out a deal with the congressional leadership.
The message comes as President TrumpDonald John Trump Michigan court overturns postal vote extension Trump jokes he will find a way to sack Governor DeSantis if he loses Florida Biden meets Trump’s response to attempted kidnapping of Michigan governor: “What the hell is wrong with this guy?” MORE and his government are pushing for a stimulus package to be passed weeks before the November 3rd elections. Earlier this month, Trump encouraged Congress to “make it big or go home” with a coronavirus stimulus package after breaking off negotiations altogether in a tweet.
However, Senator majority leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell Republicans increasingly seek distance from Trump On The Money: Kudlow is confident Trump can “round up” the Senate GOP behind the coronavirus aid deal US deficit spikes.1T The Hill’s Campaign Report: Democrats Break in Senate Races MORE fundraising records (R-Ky.) And other top Republicans have struggled against over $ 1 trillion in stimulus offers.
Hamill tweeted the news Late on Saturday evening, the conversation between Pelosi and Mnuchin lasted about an hour.
“While there has been some encouraging news about testing, much remains to be done to ensure there is a comprehensive testing plan in place that includes contact tracing and additional measures to address the virus’ disproportionate impact on color communities,” he wrote.
Hammill added that after the discussion, there are still “a number of additional differences in going commission for commission that need to be fully addressed over the next 48 hours.”
“The White House needs to make decisions to show that the government is serious about reaching a bipartisan deal that will serve the Americans with the greatest needs during the pandemic,” he added in follow-up tweets.
Speaker and Secretary Mnuchin spoke by phone for a little over an hour tonight at 7:40 p.m. While there has been some encouraging news about testing, much remains to be done to ensure that there is a comprehensive testing plan in place that includes contact tracing and additional action to … (1/3).
– Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) October 18, 2020
… to demonstrate that the government is serious about reaching a non-partisan deal available to the Americans with the greatest needs during the pandemic. (3/3)
– Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) October 18, 2020
Majority Leader of the Senate Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Announced Saturday afternoon that the Senate will vote on a $ 500 billion GOP coronavirus relief bill on Wednesday.
The Senate bill is less than a third the size of the White House’s $ 1.8 trillion offer and much less than the $ 2.2 trillion package passed by Congressional Democrats earlier this month.
McConnell, speaking in Kentucky this week, expressed doubts that a package between $ 1.8 trillion and $ 2.2 trillion could be achieved, adding that it would need Senate Republican support even if it did Pelosi would be able to reach an agreement with the Trump administration.
“I do not believe that. That is where the administration is ready to go. My members think that half a trillion dollars, which is very targeted, is the best way to go, “McConnell said.
McConnell added, however, that the Senate would “consider” an agreement between the White House and the Democrats.
“If Speaker Pelosi ever allowed the House to reach a bipartisan agreement with the administration, the Senate would of course consider that. But the Americans need help now, ”he said.
The Senate bill tabled by McConnell on Saturday includes federal unemployment benefits and another round of small business support under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
in the a recorded interview on “Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren” to Sunday, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHillicon Valley: Trump refuses to QAnon | Condemn Twitter Revises Its Policies, Allowing Users to Share Controversial Articles Google Sees Foreign Cyber Threats Republicans Are Increasing Distance From Trump Chairman: Senate Judiciary to MORE Vote on Mark Zuckerberg’s subpoena (RS.C.) said Congress should get “big and smart” on the next coronavirus relief package.
The Senator added that while he believed that more money was needed, he disagreed with the political components of the House’s proposal.
“The $ 2.2 trillion that comes out of the house has a voting mandate. What does this have to do with COVID? “Said Graham. “And the $ 1,200 payment I’m sponsoring doesn’t require a Social Security number, so much of the money goes to illegal immigrants.”
“There are some Republicans who don’t want to spend more,” added Graham. “I think we need more money, but we don’t need political regulations like the house.”