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Politics Pelosi says Dems and White House are moving closer to a stimulus deal, downplays Tuesday deadline

20:50  20 october  2020
20:50  20 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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  • Nancy Pelosi says Democrats and the White House have moved closer to a coronavirus stimulus agreement ahead of her Tuesday afternoon call with Steven Mnuchin.
  • The sides have come closer to finding common ground on Covid-19 testing, but remain divided on state and local government relief and liability protections for businesses.
  • Pelosi downplayed the importance of an end of Tuesday deadline she had set.
Nancy Pelosi wearing a purple shirt: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during her weekly news conference in the Capitol on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. © Provided by CNBC Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during her weekly news conference in the Capitol on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats and the White House have moved closer to a coronavirus stimulus deal ahead of her latest call with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday afternoon.

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The California Democrat downplayed the importance of a deadline she had set to strike an agreement before the end of the day, signaling she would keep talks going. To have legislation ready before Election Day, lawmakers would have to come to a deal and write a bill before the end of the week, she added.

"It isn't that this day was a day that we would have a deal, it was a day that we would have our terms on the table to be able to go to the next step," Pelosi said.

Pelosi and Mnuchin's conversation Tuesday will continue a desperate scurry to reach a relief agreement before the Nov. 3 election. Democrats and the Trump administration have struggled for months to overcome fundamental disagreement about what the U.S. government needs to do to lift a health-care system and economy sagging under the weight of the pandemic.

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Heading into the phone call, the sides had narrowed their target for an overall relief price tag: the White House increased its offer to nearly $1.9 trillion, short of the $2.2 trillion legislation House Democrats passed earlier this month. After a Monday afternoon conversation between the pair, Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said the speaker had tasked House committee chairs with resolving remaining disputes over issues including a national testing strategy, an expansion of tax credits and relief for state and local governments.

By Tuesday afternoon, Pelosi said the White House has "come a long way" on a national testing strategy and offered legislative language that addresses the disproportionate effects of the outbreak on people of color. She added that the sides still have not bridged a gulf over two of their biggest differences throughout the talks: state and local government aid and liability protections for businesses.

Pelosi and Mnuchin are 'narrowing their differences' on a stimulus package as the deadline for a deal looms

  Pelosi and Mnuchin are 'narrowing their differences' on a stimulus package as the deadline for a deal looms Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will speak again on Tuesday to see if they can come to an agreement on the stimulus deal.Drew Hammill said on Twitter: "The Speaker continues to hope that, by the end of the day Tuesday, we will have clarity on whether we will be able to pass a bill before the election.

Pelosi said she expects to have a proposal countering the White House's offer on both of those provisions before she speaks to the Treasury secretary.

As most of the country keeps public-health restrictions in place and some financial lifelines put in place at the start of the outbreak have long since expired, millions of Americans await aid to cover their costs of living or keep their businesses afloat. Democrats have long accused Republicans, who cheered several strong months of job growth after states started to reopen, of failing to understand the weight of the crisis.

"Leader McConnell and the Republican majority have failed to grasp the gravity of this situation from the beginning," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on Tuesday.


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The GOP, meanwhile, has argued Democrats have reached for expensive policies that exceed the demands of the moment. Senate Republicans plan to vote this week on a more narrow, roughly $500 billion bill similar to one Democrats blocked last month. The GOP put forward the legislation amid Democratic criticism of its effort to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett before the election.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said his chamber would "consider" a potential agreement reached by Pelosi and Mnuchin. Most Senate Republicans have opposed injecting trillions more into the federal Covid-19 response.

"It would be hard" to get 13 Republicans — the number needed to join 47 senators in the Democratic caucus to overcome a filibuster — to support such a bill, Republican Majority Whip John Thune of South Dakota told reporters Monday.

On Tuesday, McConnell said Democrats "have spent months holding out for a long, far-left wish list of non-Covid related priorities." He added that their position has been "all or nothing."

The parties have agreed on the need to reinstate a supplemental unemployment benefit for jobless Americans, send another round of direct payments, offer a second loan to struggling small businesses and allocate money to help schools reopen their doors safely. But Democrats and Republicans have not found common ground on how much federal money to put into the enhanced unemployment insurance, among a range of other disputes.

The biggest sticking point has come over whether to send more aid to states and municipalities, many of which have seen costs soar and revenues drop during the Covid-19 outbreak. Democrats most recently pushed for more than $400 billion in aid. The White House offered $250 billion despite President Donald Trump's opposition to what he called a "bailout" of Democratic-run states.

Nancy Pelosi walks back the Tuesday deadline she previously set for a stimulus deal with the White House

  Nancy Pelosi walks back the Tuesday deadline she previously set for a stimulus deal with the White House "It isn't that this day is the day we would have a deal. It's a day when we would have our terms on the table to be able to go to the next step."During a Bloomberg TV interview, the California Democrat cited ongoing progress in discussions with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the main negotiator for the White House. Pelosi said she was "optimistic," but appeared to walk back a 48-hour deadline she set on Sunday to broker an agreement.

The president's chaotic approach to relief talks has complicated matters for the negotiators. After Trump ordered his administration to pull out of coronavirus talks with Pelosi earlier this month, he reversed course and pushed for a comprehensive deal ahead of the election.

"I want to do it even bigger than the Democrats. And not every Republican agrees with me, but they will," the president, who has not directly participated in talks, told Fox News on Tuesday. Despite Trump's comments, Mnuchin has not appeared to push Pelosi to increase the price tag of her stimulus bill.

Pelosi said Tuesday that Democrats have received "mixed messages" from the GOP.

The speaker has held out for a sprawling deal rather than separate bills to address issues such as small business loans, unemployment insurance or aid to airlines to cover payrolls. She has faced pressure from Republicans and members of her own caucus to accept a limited agreement as Americans await relief.

Many economists and policymakers outside of the Capitol have said the U.S. will need more fiscal stimulus to emerge from the downturn. Fed Chair Jerome Powell has been particularly vocal, warning a lack of action from Congress could "lead to a weak recovery, creating unnecessary hardship for households and businesses."

Polls show strong public support for more relief. Nearly three-quarters, or 72%, of likely voters nationally support a new $2 trillion stimulus package, according to a New York Times/Siena College survey.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a vocal Democratic critic of House leadership, said she would back Pelosi if no progressive challenger surfaced. © Jose Luis Magana, AP House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Oct. 22, 2020. Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez sparred even before Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest-ever female member of the House. In Nov. 2018, Ocasio-Cortez joined members of the Sunrise Movement, an environmental activist group, during a sit-in outside Pelosi's office.

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