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Politics Pelosi reveals that she and Mnuchin were miles apart in stimulus talks

15:30  29 october  2020
15:30  29 october  2020 Source:   washingtonpost.com

Mnuchin, Pelosi to Talk Fiscal Stimulus Again Monday Afternoon

  Mnuchin, Pelosi to Talk Fiscal Stimulus Again Monday Afternoon Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will hold a call Monday afternoon on a fiscal-stimulus package, a day before Pelosi’s deadline for a pre-election package expires. © 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, Oct. 8, 2020. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin raised the prospect of restarting talks on a broad stimulus package in a conversation with Pelosi today despite President Donald Trump saying he was ending negotiations. The two main negotiators will speak at 3 p.m.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) revealed in a letter on Thursday that she and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had not reached a consensus on multiple issues in their stimulus negotiations, showing the White House and Democrats had remained far apart despite Pelosi’s repeated expressions of optimism about getting a deal.

Nancy Pelosi wearing a blue shirt and smiling at the camera: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks during her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill on Aug. 13. © Sarah Silbiger/Reuters House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks during her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill on Aug. 13.

In the letter to Mnuchin, released just days before the Nov. 3 election, Pelosi listed a litany of outstanding issues including state and local aid, school funding, child care money, tax credits for working families, unemployment insurance aid, and liability protections for businesses sought by the administration but opposed by Democrats

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.

She also said that she was still awaiting a final answer from the administration on agreeing to the Democrats’ language on a national coronavirus testing strategy -- something Mnuchin had said on Oct. 15 that he was prepared to accept subject to minor edits. She put the onus on President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for a deal to emerge in Congress’ “lame duck” session after the election -- if at all.

“Your responses are critical for our negotiations to continue,” Pelosi wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Politico Playbook. “The President’s words that ‘after the election, we will get the best stimulus package you have ever seen’ only have meaning if he can get Mitch McConnell to take his hand off the pause button and get Senate Republican Chairmen moving toward agreement with their House counterparts.”

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

  Pelosi says Dems and White House are moving closer to a stimulus deal, downplays Tuesday deadline Nancy Pelosi and Steven Mnuchin will talk Tuesday afternoon as they try to reach a coronavirus stimulus agreement before Election Day.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.

There was no immediate response from the Treasury Department.

McConnell himself summed up the state of play in a recent interview with Politico where he remarked, "That was a very complicated negotiation. Depending on who you talk to, I’m not sure they got very close.”

In multiple recent media interviews and private meetings with House Democrats Pelosi has expressed optimism about getting a deal before the election -- even while justifying her refusal to make a deal by insisting there was really no deal to take.

In an exchange on MSNBC earlier this week, host Chris Hayes pressed Pelosi on the question, telling her: “You have negotiated so many deals in your life. I have to say, I feel like I’ve been insane. I’m watching this, there’s no deal happening. ... I’m like the donkey with the carrot in front of me. It’s not happening, right?”

Pelosi replied: “Well, that’s when people said, ‘Accept the deal.’ And I was like, ‘What deal? They haven’t agreed to any of this.’”

Pelosi 'optimistic' of stimulus agreement with the White House before the weekend. 'Both sides are serious about finding a compromise.'

  Pelosi 'optimistic' of stimulus agreement with the White House before the weekend. 'Both sides are serious about finding a compromise.' Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin found more "common ground" Tuesday, even as Senate Republicans threatened to torpedo any deal.Pelosi is pushing for a $2.2 trillion stimulus package — the White House is offering $1.88 trillion, but Senate Republicans warned Tuesday they would likely block any deal worth $1.8 trillion or higher.

The letter did not reveal any new outstanding issue that had not already been publicly known. But it summed it all up, casting everything in a newly negative light with the election imminent. Stocks have been falling as coronavirus cases rise, and the president campaigns around the country accusing Democrats of focusing obsessively on “covid, covid, covid” in their quest to deny him a second term.

“The American people are suffering, and they want us to come to an agreement to save lives, livelihoods and the life of our American Democracy as soon as possible,” Pelosi wrote. "In light of these challenges, I respectfully await your attention to these urgent matters."

Congress has not passed any new economic relief or health care help for the coronavirus since April. Negotiations have sputtered off and on between Pelosi and Mnuchin, with Trump an erratic force at times calling off talks altogether only to urge an even bigger number than the $2.2 trillion bill approved by House Democrats at the beginning of the month.

Senate Republicans have shown little interest in approving a big new deal, and McConnell advised the White House not to make one before the election -- meaning the Pelosi-Mnuchin talks were almost destined to fail to produce a legislative outcome.

Mnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' .
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that he learned about a letter Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sent to him about coronavirus stimulus talks "in the press.""I woke up this morning and read @SpeakerPelosi 's letter to me in the press," Mnuchin said on Twitter. "Enclosed is my response. Her ALL OR NONE approach is hurting hard-working Americans who need help NOW!" I woke up this morning and read @SpeakerPelosi's letter to me in"I woke up this morning and read @SpeakerPelosi 's letter to me in the press," Mnuchin said on Twitter. "Enclosed is my response.

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