Just when it seemed that the efforts of the White House and House Democrats to strike a deal regarding a new stimulus package before November 3 were making progress, talks stalled again this week.
According to CNBC, Nancy Pelosi on Thursday pressed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for responses on continuing coronavirus stimulus disputes.
With less than a week to go before the 2020 election, in a letter to Mnuchin, the House speaker said she is “still awaiting” for replies from the White House “on multiple items of critical importance” as the Covid-19 outbreak rages across the U.S.
In the letter, she cited differences the sides did not resolve such as a national testing strategy, state and local government relief, liability protections for businesses, enhanced unemployment insurance, child care, tax credits, and workplace safety standards.
Congress left Washington and won’t be back until after Tuesday’s election, and while lawmakers will not send relief before the election, Pelosi said to the Treasury Secretary that she wants to continue discussions after the country votes.
“Your responses are critical for our negotiations to continue,” the speaker wrote. “The President’s words that ‘after the election, we will get the best stimulus package you have ever seen’ only have meaning if he can get Mitch McConnell to take his hand off the pause button and get Senate Republican Chairmen moving toward an agreement with their House counterparts.”
While Congress hasn't been able to reach a deal to send more aid to Americans, polls show voters broadly want additional relief as millions still struggle to stay afloat and consider coronavirus stimulus their top legislative priority.