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Politics Pelosi says chances of passing COVID-19 stimulus before election depend on Trump administration

18:10  18 october  2020
18:10  18 october  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Sunday that the chances of passing a COVID - 19 stimulus package before the election depend on the Trump The Speaker said Democrats want to get an agreement before the election , but added that “we have to freeze the design” of the language.

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Sunday that the chances of passing a COVID-19 stimulus package before the election depend on the Trump administration.

a woman talking on a cell phone: Pelosi says chances of passing COVID-19 stimulus before election depend on Trump administration © Greg Nash Pelosi says chances of passing COVID-19 stimulus before election depend on Trump administration

Pelosi said ABC's "This Week" that she and administration negotiators, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, are "seeking clarity" and "don't have agreement language yet."

The Speaker said Democrats want to get an agreement before the election, but added that "we have to freeze the design" of the language.

"With all due respect to some of the people in the president's administration, they're not legislators," she said. "So when they said, 'We're accepting the language on testing,' for example. 'We're just making a light touch.'

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US President Donald Trump has said he is ending negotiations over a Covid - 19 relief bill, and will only resume talks after the election . But Mrs Pelosi was holding out for a more generous package. Her House Democrats last week passed a .2tr stimulus bill, though that measure had no chance of

Pelosi had an hour-long conversation with Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin on Saturday via phone. President Trump previously halted negotiations, but On Saturday evening, Pelosi gave the White House a 48-hour deadline to resolve the contentious COVID - 19 relief negotiations, which have

"They changed 'shall' to 'may,' 'requirements' to 'recommendations,' 'a plan' to 'a strategy,' not a strategic plan," she continued. "They took out 55 percent of the language that we had there for testing and tracing."

The Speaker said the Democrats had "pages and pages of how you would" test and trace in minority communities, which the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concluded are disproportionately affected by COVID-19.


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She said the administration "crossed it all out" and replaced it with a statement saying the CDC "can provide guidance to the states" on a testing and tracing strategy.

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Pelosi had earlier questioned the status of Trump 's health, as well as exactly how long he has had COVID - 19 . While the amendment allows for Congress to pass a law that would create a body to sign off on such a declaration, Pelosi would have to convince Senate Republicans to go along with it.

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ABC's George Stephanopoulos pushed the Speaker, asking, "Bottom-line ... are Americans going to get relief before Election Day?"

"Well that depends on the administration," Pelosi responded. "The fact is that we cannot - the heart of the matter is to stop the spread of the virus."

Pelosi and Trump officials have been negotiating a second COVID-19 stimulus deal for months, hitting roadblocks along the way.

The president proposed a $1.8 trillion stimulus package earlier this month, sparking backlash from Senate Republicans, but White House adviser Larry Kudlow said on Friday that he thinks Trump could get enough GOP senators to support a deal before Election Day.

The Speaker has been calling for more spending, rejecting a previous Senate Republican proposal for not providing enough funding.

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