House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that she and the president’s negotiators need to reach a coronavirus stimulus relief package agreement in 48 hours if they are going to pass legislation before the election.
“Where we have agreement, we don’t have agreement in the language yet, but I’m hopeful,” Pelosi said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“The difference amounts to this, if you think of it this simple way, when you say ‘may’ you’re giving the president of slush fund,” she told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos, explaining the differences in language in the legislation. “He may do this, he may grant, he may withhold.”
The speaker and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have been negotiating another bipartisan coronavirus relief stimulus bill to follow the CARES Act, which was signed into law in late March.
Negotiations have stalled and then started up again in the months since the CARES Act passed.
In May, the House passed the HEROES Act, a $3 trillion relief package that did not progress in the Senate. In September, the Senate voted on a $1 trillion Republican proposal but Democrats voted down the measure.
He said during his NBC town hall Thursday, that he thinks he can get Republicans on board for a larger relief package, but he had not “asked them to because I can’t get through Nancy Pelosi.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the Senate would vote on two coronavirus relief measures this week, a $500 billion stimulus proposal and additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program.
Some Democrats have urged Pelosi to make a deal with the White House, like California Rep. Ro Khanna who tweeted last week, “people in need can’t wait until February….Make a deal & put the ball in McConnell court.”
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