Nancy Pelosi gave the White House a 48-hour deadline to resolve the controversial COVID-19 emergency negotiations, which have become increasingly rooted in bias.
Discussions of federal aid have drawn Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill into an ongoing battle over the terms of the next deal.
But on Saturday night, the house speaker’s office revealed that Pelosi had an hour-long conversation with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin via a phone call.
It is unclear what will happen if Monday’s deadline is not met.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (left) and Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin (right) had an hour-long talk on Saturday about emergency aid COVID-19
“The speaker and secretary Mnuchin spoke by phone tonight at 7:40 PM for a little over an hour,” Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s chief of staff, wrote on Twitter.
While there was encouraging news about testing, there is still work to be done to ensure that there is a comprehensive testing plan that includes contact tracking and additional measures to address the “ disproportionate impact of the virus on color communities. ”
“A series of additional differences remain as we move provision for provision, which need to be addressed in a comprehensive manner over the next 48 hours.
Hammill then appealed to the White House to prove that they were willing to come to an agreement on the emergency response.
“Decisions must be made by the White House to show that the government is serious about reaching a bipartisan agreement that will provide Americans in greatest need during the pandemic,” Hammill wrote.
A spokesman for Mnuchin told The Wall Street Journal that he and Pelosi would speak again Monday night.
Drew Hammill, Nancy Pelosi’s chief of staff, released a statement on Twitter with an update on the ongoing negotiations on COVID-19 emergency response
Hammill revealed that Nancy Pelosi had imposed a 48-hour deadline on the White House to address “ a series of additional differences ” regarding the potential bills.
Senate leader Mitch McConnell revealed on Saturday that the Senate would vote on aid programs next week.
“I just announced that next week the Senate will vote on hundreds of billions of dollars more for aid programs that the Democrats don’t even oppose,” he wrote.
McConnell took a punch at Pelosi in his statement, adding that “ Working families have already waited too long for speaker Pelosi’s Marie Antoinette act to stop. Let’s make laws. ‘
The approximately $ 500 billion proposal included funding for unemployment insurance, schools, more COVID-19 tests, and other amenities.
The Senate will vote on more funding for the Paycheck Protection Program on Tuesday. PPP authorization expired in August.
Recently, the White House unveiled a $ 1.88 trillion proposal that came just a week after House Democrats passed the $ 2.2 trillion emergency relief bill this month.
While both sides have made efforts to combat the financial impact of the pandemic, they are struggling to find common ground on important policy issues.
Pictured: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Speaking to opponent Amy McGrath in Lexington, Kentucky during a debate
Senate leader Mitch McConnell released a statement on Saturday, revealing that the Senate will vote on Covid utilities next week
Those disagreements include the amount of funding that state and local governments should receive, and whether companies should receive legal protection during the pandemic.
In one case, McConnell rejected a draft short-term bill from House Democrats intended to extend federal funding packages until Dec. 11.
He condemned the draft as “ disgraceful ” for not containing provisions targeting American farmers, a ballot that the Trump administration has spent billions on relief amid its trade wars and the pandemic.
Trump briefly stopped negotiations until after the November election, but reversed that decision, stating he wanted a two-pronged deal.
Republicans have pushed for a series of special bills, while Democrats have called for a large-scale package that will tackle various sectors of the pandemic.
“I’m ready to draw a big, beautiful stimulus,” Trump announced Thursday at his NBC town hall event.
Trump also said he was willing to spend more than the $ 1.88 trillion White House package, but that would likely be a hard sell for some Republicans.
‘A huge bill is a basic killer. I don’t think it’s politically smart to do this for people who supported Donald Trump and a Republican Senate, ” GOP told Sen. Ron Johnson from Wisconsin to WSJ.
At some point, people will ask, Why do we vote for Republicans? … or why do we vote at all? ‘
After ending the COVID-19 emergency aid discussions until after the November election, Trump turned his course and expressed interest in a two-pronged deal
Some GOP members have said that nearly $ 2 trillion in funding, in addition to the $ 3 trillion approved by Congress, is too high.
A handful of Senate Republicans have not backed additional funding, while others have argued that more than $ 1 trillion is not enough, WSJ reports.
Republicans will have their hands full in the coming weeks as they try to prepare for the November election, construct tangible relief and vote Amy Coney Barrett nominated by the Supreme Court.
“If the Democrats don’t stop this legislation, we have time to pass it before targeting the appointment of Judge Barrett immediately after he comes out of committee,” McConnell said in his statement.
WSJ reports Democrats are likely to block the next wave of Senate Republicans bills.
They have labeled the GOP’s bill as insufficient for the scale of the pandemic.