Has Trump given up on a pre-election deal? Here’s the latest

Elias Hubbard
October 28, 2020

United States Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi slammed the Trump administration for having "failed miserably" to pass another round of coronavirus relief aid before Election Day, killing hopes for a stimulus package before Americans head to the polls in just one week.

"Nancy Pelosi is only interested in bailing out badly-run, crime-ridden Democrat cities and states". "She is not interested in helping the people".

"After the election, we will get the best stimulus package you have ever seen", Trump added. "The White House and Mitch McConnell have resisted, and on Sunday, Mark Meadows told us why saying 'We're not going to control the pandemic, '" Pelosi said in the letter, referring to the chief of staff's interview on CNN's "State of the Union" this past Sunday. "I think we are going to take back the House because of her".

Still, she said, House Democrats were continuing to draft legislation based on their negotiations with the White House. The Cook Political Report predicts that Democrats will expand their majority in 2020.

President Trump has sent mixed signals about the next round of relief. Manchin has suggested getting new negotiators in the House to push for a stimulus deal. Both sides have said they agree on major issues such as federal unemployment and direct payments to Americans in the form of stimulus checks.

"We are confident that we can get something in the coming weeks", Farah said when asked about the prospect of a deal this week following the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett. The two sides have disagreed on funding for state and local governments impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

He suggested Pelosi had a ideal opportunity to accept the deal before the election but she fumbled in order to play politics.

The House passed its latest plan in May, but Republicans, who lead the U.S. Senate, balked at its size.

Trump trails Democratic challenger Joe Biden by 7.4 percentage points in the Real Clear Politics polling average and Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight says Democrats are favored to win the Senate and "clearly favored" to retain the House.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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