US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke at a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, United States, on October 9, 2020.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on the Trump administration to consolidate the remaining legal disputes with the coronavirus stimulus within 48 hours as lawmakers attempt to pass a bill before the 2020 election.
Pelosi set a 48-hour negotiation deadline after speaking with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Saturday night for more than an hour. They agreed to speak again on Monday.
In an interview with ABC News on Sunday, Pelosi said the deadline applies to lawmakers̵7; ability to reach an agreement before the Nov. 3 election. ultimately depends on the White House.
“The 48 is only relevant if we want it to end before the election, which we do,” Pelosi said. “We tell them, we need to freeze the design on some of these things – are we going to be together or not and what is the language? I have hope, because we are going back and forth in all of this.”
Stimulus talks dragged on for months as the coronavirus spread throughout the US and millions of Americans remained unemployed.
Pelosi and Mnuchin made little progress in their negotiations, with the latest call last night resulting in “some encouraging news in the trial,” according to Pelosi deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill.
The two still have differences in a comprehensive plan for Covid-19 testing, monitoring and “measures to address the disproportionate impact of the virus on color communities,” Hammill said.
Pelosi, who identified the test as a key point of contention in the talks, said Sunday that there was no agreement between Democrats and the administration about the test language. Mnuchin said last week that the White House would not allow differences in funding targets for testing derail stimulus talks.
“We are looking for clarity,” Pelosi said Sunday, adding that Trump administration officials formulating the law are “not legislators.” He said the White House made significant language changes in testing and monitoring after they originally agreed to accept the language.
“They changed what should be, requirements in the recommendations, a plan in a strategy, not a strategic plan. They took 55% of the language we had there for testing and monitoring,” Pelosi said.
Democrats, who passed a $ 2.2 trillion bill for the rest of the House, ignored the latest proposal of the Trump administration’s $ 1.8 trillion inadequate. The two sides disagree on key policy issues including funding for state and local governments and protections for businesses during the pandemic.
Although Pelosi and Mnuchin were able to reach a bipartisan deal, many Republican Senators opposed spending nearly $ 2 trillion on one package.
The Senate is set to vote on a limited $ 500 billion stimulus bill on Wednesday, which will include funding for schools, extended unemployment benefits and a second round of the Paycheck Protection Program.
But Democrats blocked a $ 500 billion Republican plan in the Senate last month and is likely to remove the latest GOP proposal which is also not enough.