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Politics Pelosi says House will review Senate coronavirus stimulus package

16:25  25 march  2020
16:25  25 march  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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A stimulus package worth more than .8 trillion ((£1.5tn) has been agreed by US Senate leaders and the White House to ease the impact of coronavirus . President Donald Trump has said he hopes the US will shake off coronavirus within less than three weeks. But the top US infectious disease expert

Both Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer, in a separate call with Senate Democrats, said they had secured 0 billion for hospitals, billion more than Mr. McConnell said he hoped the Senate would “get back on track” and pass a relief package , adding that the “clock has run out” for debating a plan that

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday praised the Senate's sweeping, $2 trillion coronavirus relief package, but declined to say how the House would pass it.

Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi posing for the camera: Pelosi says House will review Senate coronavirus stimulus package © Greg Nash Pelosi says House will review Senate coronavirus stimulus package

"This bipartisan legislation takes us a long way down the road in meeting the needs of the American people," Pelosi said in a statement.

She said the package did not go as far as a separate House bill but argued that "thanks to the unity and insistence of Senate and House Democrats, the bill has moved a great deal closer to America's workers."

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday that she’s willing to set aside her 1,400 page Socialist wish list (for now) and try to pass the Senate ’s Coronavirus stimulus package . Pelosi said she will try to pass the Senate ’s massive .8 trillion bill by unanimous consent which means Representatives

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday said she was optimistic progress could be made on a massive spending bill to soften the blow of the coronavirus pandemic. "There is real optimism we could get something done in the next few hours," Pelosi said in an interview on CNBC.

Pelosi said Wednesday that House Democrats will evaluate the package before deciding next steps.

"House Democrats will now review the final provisions and legislative text of the agreement to determine a course of action," her statement said.

Pelosi has hoped to move the package quickly through the House by unanimous consent, allowing it to get to President Trump's desk without calling lawmakers back to Washington amid travel concerns surrounding the spreading pandemic.

But some members of her caucus have expressed concerns that they've been cut out of negotiations on the massive package, conducted largely by Senate leaders and White House officials. In a conference call with House Democrats Tuesday afternoon, lawmakers expressed reservations that they would be forced to swallow the Senate bill without providing their own input.

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- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , a Democrat, unveiled her own lengthy, .5 trillion proposal on Monday. It included billions to help states conduct Pelosi 's bill also would make coronavirus treatment free for patients, and raise the direct cash payments to individuals to ,500 each instead of

Congressional leaders say deal on massive coronavirus stimulus close. Pelosi said Senate Democrats “have done a great job” making changes to the Senate bill that would benefit workers, to make the bill a “much more worker-oriented initiative,” and adding oversight provisions for Treasury's

Pelosi, despite Republican efforts to sideline her from the talks, has been heavily involved in the negotiations, speaking frequently with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) as he ironed out the final wrinkles with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

In a round of cable news interviews Tuesday morning she made clear that she hopes the Senate package meets enough of the Democrats' requirements that the House can pass it unanimously, precluding the need to reconvene the House.

"Right now what we're trying to do is work on the substance of this legislation so that we can quickly come to an agreement where we can have unanimous consent," she told CNN.

The Democrats won a long list of victories in the $2 trillion package, including billions of dollars for hospitals, students, the unemployed and states struggling to finance emergency services.

Democratic leaders in both chambers are highlighting those provisions as they race to bring their members on board. It's not as strong as the House's alternative bill, Pelosi said, but marks a stark improvement over the Republicans' initial proposal - an indication she wants to move it quickly through Congress.

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In the House , Democrats unveiled their own stimulus package , which would provide more than .5 trillion in federal spending. It remained unclear how that 1,404-page measure would be reconciled with any compromise legislation that emerges from the Senate negotiations. “The Senate Republican bill

Pelosi ’s version of the stimulus package contains no provision for adding oil to the emergency supplies. Pelosi said she would let the House approve a Senate -passed coronavirus stimulus with a voice vote that doesn’t require members to travel to Washington -- as long as the bill does not have

It remains to be seen if her caucus will endorse the measure and allow it to move through the House unanimously.

On Tuesday's conference call, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), the head of the Congressional Progressive Caucus who represents hard-hit Seattle, warned that lawmakers need more information about the bill before they're ready to rubber stamp it. She expressed concerns about protections for immigrants.

House Democrats have also pressed hard for a food stamp increase, which is not in the Senate bill and is sure to pose a major concern for liberal champions of the program, including members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

In hopes of appeasing those members, Democratic leaders are already telling lawmakers that food stamps will be in the next, fourth round of coronavirus relief, according to a former leadership staffer familiar with those conversations.

And Democratic committee heads will be hosting a series of issue-specific conference calls throughout the day Wednesday to field member questions and concerns about the details of the Senate package. In a letter to Democrats Tuesday, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) said the goal is "to maximize member engagement and the dissemination of information."

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