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Politics Pelosi and Mnuchin reach agreement to keep government funded until December 11

02:40  23 september  2020
02:40  23 september  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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The agreement would extend existing funding levels until after the Nov. 3 election, probably through mid- December . "There are, at most, 11 days in session for the two sides to pass government funding , and solve the stimulus riddle that's had Pelosi , Mnuchin , and White House Chief of Staff

11 , likely won’t be finished until Monday. The stopgap, known as a continuing resolution, has been the subject of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin agreed earlier this month to keep talks on a coronavirus relief stimulus package separate from the funding bill.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin clinched an agreement Tuesday to take the threat of a government shutdown at the end of the month off the table.

Nancy Pelosi, Steven Mnuchin looking at the camera: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, at left, announced Tuesday she had a deal with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, pictured at right, to fund the US federal government until December. © AP/Getty Images House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, at left, announced Tuesday she had a deal with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, pictured at right, to fund the US federal government until December.

The bipartisan accord, which comes after several days of back-and-forth between Democrats and Republicans over the stop-gap funding measure, would fund the government through December 11. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's office said the legislation would receive a vote Tuesday night.

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The agreement includes tens of billions in funds for the Commodity Credit Corporation -- a priority for Republicans and bipartisan members from agricultural states and districts, which will replenish crucial aid to farmers. The aid will come with some restrictions, after Democrats raised concerns that the money was being utilized by the Trump administration to distribute funds to favored political interests.

It also includes nearly $8 billion in nutrition assistance -- a central Democratic priority during the negotiations.

"We have reached an agreement with Republicans on the (continuing resolution) to add nearly $8 billion in desperately needed nutrition assistance for hungry schoolchildren and families," Pelosi, a California Democrat, said in a statement Tuesday. "We also increase accountability in the Commodity Credit Corporation, preventing funds for farmers from being misused for a Big Oil bailout."

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have reached a "near-final agreement " on a two-year budget deal, according to a source close to the talks.

House Democrats released a bill Monday to fund the government until Dec . 11 , but Senate Republicans quickly criticized it, leaving the path to a deal to prevent a shutdown Pelosi said Sunday that she would not try to leverage the shutdown deadline to slow a nomination to the country's top court.

After negotiations broke down, Democrats initially drafted a stop-gap measure that left out the farm aid and nutrition assistance and were scheduled to vote on that measure earlier in the day on Tuesday.

But the threat of moving the measure without bipartisan consensus -- and the possibility that Democrats from agriculture-heavy districts would defect -- served to raise the risk of a government shutdown given the narrowing timeline before the September 30 government funding deadline.

Both sides returned to the table and hammered out the deal throughout the course of the day. The House is now scheduled to vote on the measure Tuesday night. The Senate is expected to follow suit in the days ahead.

Pelosi, Mnuchin set to talk as Democrats release $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill .
The Democratic coronavirus stimulus plan includes extra unemployment insurance, direct payments, airline aid and small business loans.Democrats released the $2.2 trillion legislation Monday night as they struggle to break a weeks long impasse with the White House over how to structure a fifth relief bill. While the Democratic-held House passed a $3.4 trillion proposal in May, the Trump administration has offered to inject only $1.3 trillion more into efforts to boost the economy and health-care system during the pandemic.

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