Pelosi not invited by Trump to White House coronavirus relief bill's signing
President Trump on Friday declined to invite Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to the White House ceremony where he planned to sign the historic $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package passed earlier in the day by the House, aides said.Friday's snub marked just the latest in a long-running feud between the Republican president and the Democratic Speaker of the House.In fact, aides said, the Republican president and Democratic Speaker have not spoken to each other since Oct. 16, when Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) walked out of a meeting with Trump after he reportedly insulted her as a "third-rate politician.
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is throwing cold water on talk of moving forward with another coronavirus stimulus bill after the House passes a $2 trillion rescue package on Friday.
McCarthy told reporters Thursday that Congress should allow time for the existing three measures to play out before moving forward with more legislation to tackle the pandemic.
Pelosi proposal would ban corporations receiving coronavirus aid from lobbying
The plan is designed to keep big companies from taking advantage of the relief measures.House Democrats drafted the bill, the text of which is circulating on K Street and was obtained by POLITICO, even as Pelosi also negotiated with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer this weekend on a separate package that McConnell is trying to pass through the upper chamber. A procedural vote to advance the Senate bill on Monday afternoon failed.
His comments come as the House prepares to take up the Senate-passed $2 trillion economic relief bill, which leaders are looking to pass by voice vote.
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While critics of the bipartisan bill, like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), argue the historic legislation doesn't go far enough to mitigate the financial fallout from the outbreak, McCarthy argued it's too early to cast judgment on that measure and the two that preceded it.
"I wouldn't be so quick to say you have to write something else. Let's let this bill work, just as long as we let the other two bills work as well. And whatever decision we have to make going forward, let's do it with knowledge, let's do it with the experience of what's on the ground at that moment in time," he told reporters.
McConnell excoriates Democrats over stimulus demands
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tore into Democrats Monday morning for their latest stimulus demands as more than three days of negotiations have failed to yield a deal.McConnell ticked off the items on what he called the "Democratic wish list," citing tax deductions to solar and wind energy companies, workplace provisions sought by organized labor and new emissions standards for the airlines."Are you kidding me?" McConnell
McCarthy noted the earlier legislation passed by Congress in response to the pandemic is just now starting to come into effect.
"Those are just now being implemented. Now you have more than $2 trillion going into the economy to the areas that we know are needed, and you're sitting here talking about needing another bill," he added. "If something is needed in the future, let's make that decision. But let's not make that decision without allowing these bills to be put into the economy."
The statue of Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson is shown outside Nationals Park, home to the World Series Champion Washington Nationals, which looks deserted on the date which was previously scheduled for Opening Day, on March 26, in Washington, DC.
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Thieves online could be taking advantage of the US's $2 trillion stimulus package, the agency warned.On Wednesday, the US Senate passed a $2 trillion aid package to financially support people affected by the coronavirus outbreak. With businesses temporarily closing and a record 3.3 million Americans filing for unemployment benefits because of the pandemic, the stimulus deal is intended to help boost the US economy.
In this image from video, the final vote of 96-0 shows passage of the $2.2 trillion economic rescue package in response to the pandemic, passed by the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on March 25.
President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference on the coronavirus, outbreak flanked by Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin (R) and Vice President Mike Pence at the White House in Washington, D.C on March 25.
A man has his temperature taken at a control point on a covered footbridge to be screened for symptoms before entering the Dell Deton Medical Center at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas on March 25.
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A man crosses the unusually quiet Hollywood Boulevard near the shuttered Pantages Theatre as the coronavirus pandemic continues on March 25 in Los Angeles.
Dylan Kyriacopoulos, left, and his fiance Mary Williams visit an empty Lincoln Memorial in Washington on March 25. Officials have urged Washington residents to stay home to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin talks briefly with reporters after arriving at the U.S. Capitol with White House Director of Legislative Affairs Eric Ueland and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on March 24 in Washington, D.C.
Pelosi previews House coronavirus stimulus as Senate hits roadblocks
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday offered an early glimpse of House Democrats' sweeping proposal to boost the crippled economy amid the coronavirus crisis, presenting it as a family-focused alternative to the Republicans' package, which Democrats deem too corporate-friendly. The Speaker said she still intends to have the House return to Washington to vote on the package, but suggested such a step might not be necessary if Senate negotiators can seal a deal that wins the support of her House caucus.
Medics clean their equipment after transporting a patient into Life Care Center of Kirkland. The long-term care facility is linked to confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in Kirkland, Washington, on March 24.
Employees sew masks at Kaas Tailored, which is working with Providence to make thousands of masks and face shields for healthcare workers during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Mukilteo, Washington, on March 24.
A nearly empty street is seen in Chinatown on March 24 in New York City.
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Chuck Schumer said Republicans and Democrats were at "the 2-yard line" as they tried to reach a coronavirus stimulus deal.Senate Democrats struck down the bill in a procedural vote on Monday amid a gulf in what both parties wanted to include in it. But they made progress by Tuesday morning, as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the sides were at "the 2-yard line.
A woman has her temperature taken before being allowed to donate blood at a temporary blood bank set up in a church's fellowship hall on March 24 in Tempe, Arizona. Schools and businesses that typically host blood drives are temporarily closed due to precautionary measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, leading to extremely low levels of blood availability throughout the state.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence look over some notes as they participate in a Fox News Virtual Town Hall with Anchor Bill Hemmer, in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 24 in Washington, D.C.
Kaye Knighton, 86, receives a visit from his daughter-law Darla Knighton at the Creekside Senior Living on March 24 in Bountiful, Utah. Window visits help seniors connect to families despite coronavirus restrictions.
Instructor Lucas Dela Cruz high fives with students during a live virtual lesson over Zoom at One Martial Arts as California continues its statewide "stay at home order" directing the state’s 40 million residents to stay in their homes in Millbrae, California on March 23.
A resident of the International House in the Chinatown-International District walks up to grab a bag of free groceries dropped off by the InterIm Community Development Association from the Asian supermarket Uwajimaya in Seattle on March 23.
U.S. Border Patrol agents listen to Washington Governor Jay Inslee's address on their car radio as he issues a "stay home, stay healthy" order at Peace Arch Historical State Park in Blaine on March 23.
Jane Hassebroek who attends IS 318, begins the first day of digital classes after New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order closing public schools statewide, in Brooklyn, on March 23.
U.S. President Donald Trump leads the daily coronavirus response briefing, facing more empty seats than normal as reporters spaced themselves with social distancing, at the White House, on March 23, in Washington.
Luz Estrada, left, hands a bag of lunch and a carton of milk to a student at Rockwood elementary school in Oklahoma City, as the city public school district holds their first day of providing free meals to students at 42 sites around the district during the coronavirus pandemic on March 24.
The GOP leader's stance on whether a phase four relief package is needed contrasts with Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) position. The California Democrat told reporters on Thursday she expects the House to take the lead on constructing a fourth measure.
Pelosi said the "big four" - Pelosi, McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) - should work to address worker protections, paid leave, food stamps, additional grants to the states and free medical treatment related to the coronavirus.
McConnell on Wednesday said the "Senate is going to stay nimble" in the event that additional legislative action is needed.