Meadows says White House stimulus efforts ongoing amid Trump’s back-and-forth

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had proposed at least $2.4 trillion in stimulus, but Trump said he would not agree to a deal of more than $1.6 trillion. “I am rejecting their … request, and looking to the future of our Country,” he tweeted Tuesday afternoon after a phone call with Mnuchin and Republican congressional leaders.

But later Tuesday night, Trump reversed course and seemingly sought to restart relief talks, tweeting that he would approve a stimulus measure to send Americans $1,200 checks “IMMEDIATELY” amid the pandemic. “I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy?” he wrote.

The president confused matters further Wednesday morning, minutes after Meadows’ interview, when he took to Twitter to urge Pelosi: “Move Fast, I Am Waiting To Sign!” Although talks between Pelosi and the White House have stalled, her discussions with Mnuchin intensified last week.

Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s spokesman, said that Mnuchin asked about a standalone airlines bill with Pelosi Wednesday morning, but the speaker “reminded him that Republicans blocked that bill on Friday & asked him to review the DeFazio bill so that they could have an informed conversation.”

On Friday, House Transportation Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) tried to push through an airline payroll support bill on the House floor via unanimous consent, but Republicans objected, essentially blocking the effort.

Pelosi and congressional Democrats have previously expressed opposition to a piecemeal stimulus proposal, arguing it does not meet the mammoth needs of an economy still reeling from the effects of Covid-19 restrictions and unemployed workers. Millions have lost their jobs, and the coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 200,000 Americans.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also would face difficulty convincing his GOP caucus to get on board with a big, last-minute agreement, as he remains focused on the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

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House Democrats to Pass Their Own Stimulus Bill Despite Ongoing Talks with Mnuchin

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi indicated on Thursday that the Democratic-led chamber will move to pass their own $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package, despite ongoing negotiations with the Trump administration and Republicans’ disapproval of the legislation they plan to approve.



a group of people posing for the camera: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) arrives for her weekly news conference in the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol on October 1 in Washington, DC. Pelosi met with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday in an unsuccessful effort to negotiate with the Trump Administration on coronavirus economic relief legislation.


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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) arrives for her weekly news conference in the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol on October 1 in Washington, DC. Pelosi met with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday in an unsuccessful effort to negotiate with the Trump Administration on coronavirus economic relief legislation.

The California Democrat, though more optimistic on the prospects for a potential deal than she was previously, made clear that she and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin still do not have an agreement and remain far apart on several issues.

“I’m hopeful, but we do come at it from two different places,” Pelosi told reporters at her weekly press conference. “We not only have a dollars debate, we have a values debate. Still, I’m optimistic.”

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany confirmed to reporters at the White House Thursday that the administration gave a $1.6 trillion counter-offer during a meeting between Pelosi and Mnuchin on Wednesday. But the $600 billion gap will be a difficult one to close, considering the Republicans’ lack of appetite for any package above $1 trillion. One of the few issues that the two sides can agree on is a second round of $1,200 checks.

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McEnany cast doubt on the ongoing talks, as Pelosi persists in her refusal to drop below $2.2 trillion.

“Nancy Pelosi is not being serious,” McEnany said. “If she becomes serious, than we can have a discussion here. We raised our offer to $1.6 trillion … It’s a good offer, but it’s one Nancy Pelosi is not interested in.”

The discussions between Pelosi and Mnuchin will continue Thursday, amid pleas from airlines for immediate relief as they prepare to lay off tens of thousands of workers. For Congress, it is likely a “now or never” moment, as lawmakers prepare to embark Washington and hop to the campaign trail for the remaining weeks of the election. If a deal can’t be reached this week, before Congress adjourns, there are few insiders in the nation’s capital who feel an agreement will materialize before November 3.

“I never say this is the last chance until Election Day, although that’s 33 days away,” Pelosi said.

The Democrats’ $2.2 trillion bill, which they’ve dubbed the Heroes Act 2.0, is scaled down from the original $3.4 trillion Heroes Act passed in May. It includes a second round of checks, a $600 weekly unemployment boost, $225 billion for education, $436 billion for state and local governments, food aid, assistance for airlines and renters, and money for the Paycheck Protection Program.

The package emerged as a result of pressure from moderate and vulnerable

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