Pelosi, Mnuchin move closer to stimulus deal amid Senate doubts

Down to the wire: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk pre-election stimulus deal

Nancy Pelosi says stimulus Bill being drafted while some issues remain

It was a day where we would have our terms on the table to be able to go to the next step.

During an interview on "Fox & Friends" Monday, Trump said he wants to make a package "even bigger than the Democrats".

She said it's not so much the size of the bill that's the holdup but how the money is spent, and in an interview with Bloomberg Tuesday denied she was stringing the White House along.

She and Mnuchin were set to speak Tuesday afternoon by phone at 3 p.m. In order for that, we have to have our legislation all written by the end of this week.

"Nancy Pelosi isn't serious", McConnell said Tuesday on the timing of negotiations.

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Pelosi told MSNBC earlier that she wanted the bill to pass before the November 3 elections, although her Republican counterpart, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has not been an enthusiastic supporter.

Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby said his staff doesn't have the details from Mnuchin or Pelosi they need to work out a bill.

Several GOP senators said Meadows provided scant information about what Mnuchin and Pelosi had agreed to so far.

"The election is less than two weeks away, and I believe we will be back in Washington a week or two after the elections and we could (pass) something then", House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, a South Carolina Democrat, told CNN on Wednesday.

Of the remaining difference, the Speaker has singled out two: additional funding for state and local governments, sought by Democrats; and liability language, demanded by Republicans, to protect businesses and schools from lawsuits in the event that workers and students contract the virus, reports The Hill news website. And the two sides are "in range" on health care provisions in a stimulus bill that go beyond testing and tracing the coronavirus pandemic, she said.

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Asked if she were confident that Senate Republicans will come around to supporting the Pelosi-Mnuchin bill, Pelosi responded: "The president says they will".

McConnell, in remarks to the Senate, excoriated Pelosi for what he said had been her "all or nothing" position on approving more coronavirus aid.

Democratic lawmakers had previously blocked a similar Republican legislation. Republican support on the House side will be necessary to wrangle the Senate, Thune said. But President Donald Trump's chief of staff, Mark Meadows, said Pelosi is slow-walking the talks and Trump's most powerful Senate GOP ally, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is warning against a costly deal that could drive a wedge between the president and his fellow Republicans. "When their natural instinct depending on how big it is and what's in it is probably going to be to be against it". The first, expected Tuesday, is an effort to replenish the small business loan program created by the last relief bill passed in March.

As it stands, the compromise package would provide a $400-per-week federal boost to unemployment benefits, $300 billion in aid to state and local governments, and another round of $1,200 relief checks to most US adults-as well as an additional $1,000 per child.

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