Pelosi AGAIN blocks stimulus deal to deliver $1,200 checks to Americans after clash with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin
NANCY Pelosi has once again blocked a stimulus deal that would deliver $1,200 checks to Americans after a Wednesday morning clash with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin.
House Speaker Pelosi's Deputy Chief of Staff, Drew Hammill revealed the news to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.
Hammill revealed that Pelosi and Mnuchin had a phone conversation at 9.30am for about one hour.
The three-part tweet read: "In response to proposals sent over the weekend, the two spent time seeking clarification on language, which was productive.
"One major area of disagreement continues to be that the White House lacks an understanding of the need for a national strategic testing plan.
"The Speaker believes we must reopen our economy & schools safely & soon, & scientists agree we must have a strategic testing plan."
Hamill concluded that staffers will "continue to exchange paper" as Pelosi and Mnuchin are set to speak again tomorrow.
Mnuchin said at a press conference on Wednesday: "At this point, getting something done before the election and executing on that will be difficult."
He revealed the "top-line cost of the package" was a major point of disagreement, US News reports.
"We continue to make progress on certain issues. On certain issues, we continue to be far apart," Mnuchin explained.
Pelosi's rejection of another stimulus plan comes one day after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer defended the House Speaker's recurring decisions.
Speaking on MSNBC on Tuesday, Schumer backed the speaker's decision, saying: "Nancy is right to reject it."
"They are just playing a game," he added.
"They’re trying to say a higher number than they originally were without actually changing any of the language."
The interview came after Pelosi had an uncomfortable interview on Tuesday on CNN with host Wolf Blitzer pushing the Speaker over the holdup of the $1.8trillion package.
Pelosi slammed Blitzer as a "Republican apologist," claiming he had "no knowledge" of the details of such relief proposals.
The speaker said that she had pushed back against the Republican-proposed relief package because child tax credits and earned income credits were "eliminated."
As the heated exchange continued, Blitzer asked, "Why not work out a deal with [President Trump] and don’t let the perfect, as they say here in Washington, be the enemy of the good?"
Pelosi responded: "Well I will not let the wrong be the enemy of the right."
President Donald Trump on Friday offered a $1.8 trillion coronavirus relief package in talks with Pelosi after urging his team on Twitter to "go big."
This was closer to Pelosi's $2.2 trillion proposal, however, the proposal was dismissed by Pelosi as inadequate.
In a letter to Democratic colleagues, she explained that the proposal lacked a "strategic plan to crush the virus."
"This proposal amounted to one step forward, two steps back," Pelosi wrote.
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