Pelosi Sets Stimulus Deadline, While McConnell Plans Vote

Elias Hubbard
October 18, 2020

"And I certainly want it because I don't want to have to be sweeping after this dumpings of this elephant as we go into a new presidency in a few short months".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared to compare the actions of the Trump administration to elephant dung at the conclusion of a discussion that largely focused on the ongoing negotiations for a new coronavirus relief bill.

"We had pages and pages of how you would do this in the minority community", she said.

While Pelosi said a pre-election deal remains possible, her team sent conflicting signals after setting a 48-hour deadline for progress on Saturday night.

McConnell's own objection to any deal involve the amount.

"We have to have a national plan", she added.

Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke at length Saturday night about efforts to finalize a stimulus package to help the US weather the affects of the coronavirus, especially as signs emerge of rising economic strain for millions of Americans. Their staff members are still talking. Hammill wouldn't comment on any agreement for Mnuchin and Pelosi to talk on Monday.

According to the Senate Majority leader, the new bill will include a federal unemployment benefit, another round of small-business assistance under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), more than $100 billion for schools, as well as money for testing, contact tracing, and vaccine development and distribution, The Hill news website reported.

While Pelosi said she was "optimistic" and the two parties have made progress, she said there have been specific disagreements over the language used in the bill.

Hammill cited that topic in his tweet on Saturday and "an array of additional differences as we go provision by provision that must be addressed in a comprehensive manner in the next 48 hours". Fox News reached out to Pelosi's office for clarification of her statement, but they did not immediately respond.

The Trump administration has attempted to negotiate with House Democrats, but a breakthrough has remained far out of reach throughout the course of the summer.

The bill, dubbed a "skinny" relief bill for its pared-down funding, was already rejected by Democrats in September and is again expected to fail. Negotiations would still continue after Tuesday if a deal isn't reached, but it wouldn't get done in time before Election Day. "Next week, Senate Republicans will move to break this logjam".

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