Pelosi shifts deadline if Trump wants pre-election stimulus

U.S. Senate to vote this week on 'skinny' pandemic relief bill PPP funds

But the pair still had differences on a plan for testing and contact tracing and "measures to address the virus' disproportionate impact on communities of color". Following their talks, the top Democrat said she was optimistic a deal could be made.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office said Saturday evening that there were some "encouraging news on testing" in the latest round of discussions surrounding the next coronavirus stimulus package. "But we're saying to them we have to freeze the design on some of these things".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement Saturday that the vote would follow a standalone vote on additional Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds on Tuesday.

Airlines have pleaded with Congress for a new $25 billion bailout to keep workers on the job after a prior six-month payroll assistance program expired on September 30.

After Mnuchin said last week the White House broadly accepted Democrats' language on testing, Pelosi said the White House removed 55% of the language on testing.

Pelosi told ABC's "This Week" earlier on Sunday that it "depends on the administration" whether a stimulus bill gets passed before the election, and they have 48 hours to come to an agreement.

"The White House does not appreciate the need to direct resources to culturally competent contact tracing", Pelosi wrote. She said that the administration changed terms like "requirements" to "recommendations", and "plan" to "strategy", and "shall" to "may". "Because we want to have an agreement, we can come to negotiation".

"It was inadequate just up and down the line on state and local funding, on testing, on the need to open schools safely, on the census, on protecting workers who need health care benefits, and I could go on and on", Schumer said during the call.

While Pelosi has stood firm for a deal that would go way beyond the relative paltry $500 billion package that McConnell has put together and plans to bring to the Senate floor for a vote this week, progressives have been trying to pressure the Speaker to agree to something like the $1.8 trillion deal that Mnuchin in the president-at least momentarily-agreed to two weeks ago.

"That issue is getting overblown", Mnuchin said. "Next week, Senate Republicans will move to break this logjam". Their next conversation is expected on Monday, according to Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill.

Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke at length Saturday night about efforts to finalize a stimulus package to help the USA weather the affects of the coronavirus, especially as signs emerge of rising economic strain for millions of Americans.

The Trump administration has attempted to negotiate with House Democrats, but a breakthrough has remained far out of reach throughout the course of the summer. She favors a $2.2 trillion plan.



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