House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated on Sunday differences stay with President Donald Trump’s administration on an extensive pandemic relief plan but she was optimistic legislation could be passed through prior to Election Day.
Pelosi, the leading Democrat, said she desired an bill passed prior to the Nov. 3 Presidential election between Republican Trump and Democrat Joe Biden however acknowledged a deal would have to come within two days for that to take place.
“I’m optimistic because, again, we’ve been back and forth on all of this,” Pelosi stated in an interview with ABC’s “This Week.”
However, with her negotiating partner, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, in the Middle East until Tuesday, a deal seems a long shot.
The White House proposed a $1.8 trillion stimulus recently to assist Americans struggling with the financial ravages of the pandemic. Pelosi stated the offer fell short in a series of areas consisting of tax credits for poor individuals, aid to state and local governments, worker protections and rent help. She has actually stuck to her need for a $2.2 trillion aid and stimulus package.
The Republicans who control the Senate, however, are loath to pass another big relief bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated the Senate would vote next week on relief measures amounting to more than $500 billion to target particular areas of need. Democrats have actually turned down so-called skinny bill with pared-down funding, stating much more is required.
After Mnuchin stated last week the White House broadly accepted Democrats’ language on testing, it was clear the devil was in the details.
“They took out 55% of the language that we had there for testing and tracing. And the tracing part is so important because communities of color had been disproportionately affected by this,” Pelosi stated on ABC.
“We don’t have agreement on the language yet. But I’m hopeful.”