Politics Mnuchin says he and Pelosi have agreed to restart coronavirus stimulus talks
New stimulus check: 6 top things you need to know about a second payment
Stimulus checks news doesn't have to be complicated. We simplify the latest ins and outs of the situation with a second direct payment.What's happening with a second stimulus check?
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that he and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have agreed to revive negotiations over a stalled follow-up coronavirus relief bill.
"I've probably spoken to Speaker Pelosi 15 or 20 times in the last few days on the CR," Mnuchin told the Senate Banking Committee, referring to a continuing resolution to extend government funding, "and we've agreed to continue to have discussions about the CARES Act."
Trump threw stimulus checks back into play and called for a large economic aid package — but Republicans still aren't backing more spending
Trump has tried prodding Republicans to back more stimulus spending, but his influence appears to be limited. Democrats are holding firm.But the Senate GOP hasn't been swayed so far — and they're doubling down on their reluctance to approve more federal spending after Democrats blocked a slimmed-down $300 billion package last week.
Pelosi also said Thursday that she expected negotiations with the White House "We'll be hopefully soon to the table with them." , telling reporters at the Capitol,
Mnuchin and Pelosi's comments come amid a months-long partisan stalemate over a follow up to the CARES Act, the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill signed by President Trump in March.
While there is broad bipartisan support for certain components of a stimulus bill, Democrats and Republicans remain deeply divided over the size and scope of another package. Spiking partisan tensions driven by the looming November elections and the battle over the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have also made a breakthrough unlikely before Election Day.
Nancy Pelosi blurts out 'Good Morning Sunday morning' in ABC interview
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blurted 'Good Morning, Sunday Morning' during her interview with George Stephanopoulos on This Week. The utterance appeared to make no sense.Host George Stephanopoulos had asked the speaker about possibility of a second attempt at impeaching Trump in the coming months, but instead of responding to the anchor's question, Pelosi said: 'Good morning, Sunday morning.
Democrats have insisted that the federal government must approve trillions in further aid to renew a lapse in enhanced unemployment benefits, bolster state and local government budgets, send another round of direct relief payments to struggling households, and expand housing and eviction protections.
Republicans, however, are wary of adding to the national debt and prefer a targeted package intended to help schools and daycare centers reopen and bring Americans back to work as quickly as possible.
Mnuchin, one of Trump's two chief stimulus negotiators, urged Democrats to come back to the table for a bill built around areas of wide bipartisan agreement such as revamping the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to aid small businesses and relief payments.
"Let's pass things that we agree on quickly, and we can always come back and do more," Mnuchin said. "It's less of the issue of what the absolute number is."
Democrats Crafting New $2.4 Trillion Stimulus Bill to Spur Talks
House Democrats have started drafting a stimulus proposal of roughly $2.4 trillion that they can take into possible negotiations with the White House and Senate Republicans, according to House Democratic officials. © Bloomberg U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Pelosi expressed hope that there would be another round of stimulus talks, but gave no indication that Democrats would bend on their stance that the country needs $2.2 trillion in fresh aid.
But Senate Democrats insisted that the GOP offerings so far have failed to meet the minimum necessary to bolster a recovering but fragile economy.
"The Senate offered a paltry $500 billion plan. Economists all over the country wanted three and four and five times that amount. You and the president said you want something larger," said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), the ranking Democrat on the Banking Committee and one of the Senate's most progressive members.
"Why can't you get Senate Republicans to go along with a bigger number than the $500 billion package," he continued, referring to a GOP-proposed measure earlier this month.
Updated at 11:56 a.m.
Less Than 20 Percent of Americans Would Take a COVID Vaccine if Trump Said It Was Safe .
Just 27 percent of Americans said they trust the president to provide them with accurate information about COVID-19.New polling by Axios-Ipsos, published Tuesday, showed that just 19 percent of Americans would be very or somewhat likely to take a vaccine for the coronavirus if Trump vouched for its safety. However, a majority of respondents (62 percent) said they would take the vaccine if their doctor said it was safe, while 56 percent said they would if the cost was entirely covered by their health insurance.