House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (California) gave the White House a 48-hour deadline to settle differences in stimulus talks “to show that the administration is serious about reaching a bilateral agreement,” Pelosi’s latest aide said Sunday night.
Game status: Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin spoke for more than an hour on Saturday night, and the discussion provided “some encouraging news about testing,” said Deputy Chief of Staff Drew Hammill. But the couple still disagreed on a plan to test and track contacts and “measures to disproportionately affect the virus on colored communities.”
- On Thursday, Gammill wrote on Twitter that Mnuchin, after hours of discussions, agreed to accept the Democrats̵7; language on the national testing plan with “minor” edits.
- President Trump sought campaign incentives for the economy and urged Mnuchin to go further than his current $ 1.8 trillion bid, although he has little chance of passing through the Senate.
Yes but: The speaker of the chamber did not say what would happen if the parties did not reach an agreement by the deadline set by it.
What they say: “Speaker and Secretary Mnuchin spoke on the phone at 7:40 p.m. tonight for just over an hour. While there has been some encouraging news about testing, work still needs to be done to provide a comprehensive testing plan that includes contact tracking and additional measures to address the virus’s disproportionate impact. colored communities, “Hammill wrote in a series of tweets.
- “There are still a number of additional differences as we move from provisions to provisions that must be considered comprehensively over the next 48 hours.”
- “The White House must make decisions to demonstrate that the Administration is serious about reaching a bipartisan agreement that provides Americans with the greatest needs during a pandemic.”
On the other hand: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he will not bring to the Senate a potential deal worth more than $ 1.8 trillion between Democrats and the Trump administration. Instead, next week the Senate will vote to extend the Salary Protection Program and a $ 500 billion targeted assistance package.
What to watch: Pelosi and Mnuchin plan to resume talks Monday, according to the Wall Street Journal.