House Speaker Nancy Pelosi |Nancy PelosiPelosi defends not speaking to Trump for a whole year In The Money: Kudlow is confident Trump may ‘circle’ the Senate GOP behind coronavirus relief deal | US deficit spikes record .1T Romney blames Trump for refusing to criticize QAnon on national television MORE(D-Calif.) Staff representative Drew Hammill said on Saturday that there was some “encouraging news on trial”; following a call by the spokesperson and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinPelosi defends not speaking to Trump for a whole year In The Money: Kudlow confident that Trump could ’round’ the Senate GOP behind coronavirus relief deal | US deficit spikes record .1T US deficit spikes to record .1 trillion by 2020 amid pandemic spending MORE to discuss details on a possible fifth coronavirus relief package.
The call is the latest development in back-and-forth stimulus negotiations that appear to be grinding as the White House has so far failed to hammer a deal with congressional leadership.
The news came as President TrumpDonald John Trump Michigan court reverses Trump’s unraveled joke joking “he will find a way” to remove Governor DeSantis if he loses in Florida Biden hits Trump’s response to governor’s attempted coup of Michigan: ‘What’s wrong this year?’ more and his administration is forced to pass a stimulus bill just weeks before the Nov. 3 election. Earlier this month, Trump urged Congress to “go home big or go home” in a coronavirus stimulus package after he ended all negotiations in one tweet.
However, Chief Executive Officer Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRepublicans increasingly distance from Trump On The Money: Kudlow confident Trump may ’round’ the Senate GOP behind coronavirus cure deal | US deficit spikes record .1T Campaign Report Campaign: Democrats break Senate fundraising records More (R-Ky.) And other leading Republicans have swelled to stimulus offers of more than $ 1 trillion.
Hamill tweeted the news late Saturday night, saying that the conversation between Pelosi and Mnuchin lasted about an hour.
“While there is some inspiring test news, work remains to be done to ensure that there is a comprehensive testing plan that includes contact tracking and additional steps to address the disproportionate impact of the virus on color communities,” he wrote.
Hammill added that after the discussion, there is still “a set of additional differences as we go through the provision that should be addressed in a comprehensive manner over the next 48 hours.”
“Decisions must be made by the White House to show that the Administration is serious about reaching a bipartisan agreement that provides Americans with the greatest needs during the pandemic,” he added. tweet.
Speaker and Secretary Mnuchin spoke at 7:40 pm by telephone tonight in just one hour. While there is some uplifting test news, there remains work to be done to ensure that there is a comprehensive test plan that includes contact tracking and additional steps in … (1/3)
– Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) October 18, 2020
… to show that the Administration is serious about reaching an agreement with the two parties that provides for the Americans with the greatest needs during the pandemic. (3/3)
– Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) October 18, 2020
Head 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 of the $ 1.8 trillion offer from the White House and less than the $ 2.2 trillion package passed by Democratic congressmen last month.
McConnell, speaking in Kentucky this week, expressed doubt that a package of between $ 1.8 trillion and $ 2.2 trillion packages could be achieved, adding that it would require support from Senate Republicans even if reached by Pelosi a deal with the Trump administration.
“It doesn’t seem like it. There the administration is ready to go. My members think half a trillion dollars, which is highly targeted, is the best way to go, ”McConnell said.
However, McConnell added that the Senate will “consider” an agreement reached between the White House and Democrats.
“If Speaker Pelosi allows the House to reach a bipartisan agreement with the Government, of course the Senate will consider it. But the Americans need help now,” he said.
The Senate bill detailed by McConnell Saturday includes a federal unemployment benefit and another round of small business assistance under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
Sa a pre-recorded interview in “Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren,” to be released on Sunday, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHillicon Valley: Trump refuses to condemn QAnon | Twitter is changing its policy, allowing users to share controversial articles | Google sees foreign cyber threats as Republicans increasingly seek distance from Trump Chairman: Senate Judge to vote in subpoena for Mark Zuckerberg MORE (RS.C.) said Congress should be “big and smart” on the next coronavirus relief package.
The senator added that while he thinks more money is needed, he does not agree with the elements of the House proposal policy.
“The $ 2.2 trillion out of the House has a mandate for the ballot harvest. What should COVID do?” Graham said. “And the $ 1,200 payment, which I support, does not require a Social number. Security to get it, so a lot of money will go to illegal immigrants. “
“There are some Republicans who do not want to spend anymore,” Graham added. “I think we need more money, but we don’t need policy provisions like the House has.”