New stimulus deal CAN be signed before election 'if Trump wants to do it,' Nancy Pelosi says
A NEW stimulus deal can be signed before election – but only "if Trump wants to do it," Nancy Pelosi says.
The House Speaker insisted on Friday that Trump was holding things up after he repeatedly blasted Pelosi for blocking the new package.
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“The biggest step forward… in the negotiations is, I think they’re about to embrace the science in a substantial way,” Pelosi told MSNBC, adding that the Democrats "put pen to paper."
“We are writing the bill, and hopefully we will be able to resolve it," she said. "We could do that before the election if the president wants to.”
A deal before the November 3 election would probably lead to another round of stimulus checks – and Pelosi recently assured the public that "help is on the way."
It would also most likely include unemployment benefits, schools, and state and local governments.
But during Thursday's debate with his Dem rival Joe Biden, Trump said Pelosi was solely responsible for holding up an agreement.
He claimed she “doesn’t want to approve anything because she’d love to have some victories" on Election Day.
“I don’t think she wants the people to get the money before the election," Trump claimed.
Likewise, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said "on a number of issues [Pelsoi] is still dug in."
Trump has insisted that the GOP will conform if a larger deal is reached by Mnuchin than most Senate Republicans would approve.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell privately told party members that he had warned the White House against striking a pre-election deal with Pelosi.
McConnell argued Democrats “have spent months holding out for a long, far-left wing list of non-Covid related priorities.”
He added that their position has been “all or nothing," reported the New York Times.
Biden highlighted that Democratic-controlled House passed the HEROES relief bill months ago when he took to the stage with Trump.
The former vice president demanded to know why Trump wasn't talking o his “Republican friends” about a deal.
Meanwhile, Pelosi and Mnuchin continue to indicate that progress is being made even though Trump's Chief of Staff Mark Meadows insisted the California Democrat is hindering their negotiations.
“We haven’t seen a lot of action from Speaker Pelosi,” Meadows said. “Most of the progress we’ve made have been concessions that the president has made.”
The Democrats want the package to include $1,200 direct payment to most Americans, restart bonus unemployment benefits, finance testing and vaccines, provide aid to schools and allocate money to states and local governments.
In March, the $1.8 trillion CARES rescue plan passed more or less unanimously – but the Pelosi-pushed package today is even larger.
But Republicans have opposed it, while Senate Democrats blocked a plan that McConnell brought to a vote on Wednesday.
It included $100 billion for schools, a $300 per week supplemental unemployment insurance benefit, and more subsidies for businesses – but not the $1,200 direct payments.
The White House said it went as high as $1.9 trillion to meet Pelosi’s $2.2 trillion deal demands and Trump insisted if he wins on November 3, the aid will flow in.
“I’m never very optimistic about the lame duck and I’ve never been surprised,” said Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, according to WGHP.
“You don’t get near as much done as you think you’re going to get done.”
“I think Democrats would want to wait until the new president is sworn in and do it then," suggested Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa.
"I think Republicans probably would say … the economy’s taking care of it."
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