While the White House sends mixed signals, talks for a relief bill are back

When congressmen, economists, and the American public were still trying to understand Trump's decision to stop the talks for a new stimulus package, the president backtracked with the order to his negotiators.

On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke about a broad coronavirus stimulus plan again.

According to CNBC, Pelosi and Mnuchin had a 40-minute phone conversation about “whether there is any prospect of an imminent agreement on a comprehensive bill,” the speaker’s spokesman Drew Hammill said in a tweet.

Hammill said Mnuchin “made clear” Trump had an interest in finding agreement on a comprehensive relief package, even though the president had said he was supporting smaller bills only a few hours before.

 “The Speaker trusts that the Secretary speaks for the President,” Hammil wrote. 

Later Thursday, White House communications director Alyssa Farah Farah told reporters “we’re open to going with something bigger.” But “we’re not going to operate from the $2.2 trillion that the speaker laid out,” she said.
 
This has been a very confusing week of back-and-forth between the White House official and Pelosi as the sides make a last effort to sign a bill that could bring some relief to Americans before election day.

With things changing every moment, It remains to be seen if Congress can iron out differences in time to pass another relief bill before Nov. 3
 

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