Washington – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a rebuke assessment of the COVID-19 relief talks Thursday, blaming Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin for failing to provide answers to her demands on Democratic priorities as part of a nearly $ 2 trillion aid package.
Pelosi threw her most recent PR message with a letter to Mnuchin blaming Republicans for the failed talks, which had only lasted for three months and had exploded in recent days before. The election. Where the talks go after the election is totally uncertain.
Pelosi says the remaining obstacles to the deal include more than six costly provisions, including a testing plan, aid for state and local governments, funding for schools, unemployment benefits, and a shield the Republican Party is seeking against coronavirus lawsuits.
Republicans, who will control the White House and Senate through January regardless of Tuesday’s election outcome, have pressed for a more targeted aid package that ignores Pelosi’s key demands, saying items such as refundable tax breaks for poor working people and families with children. It has no direct relationship to the fight against COVID-19. Republicans say Pelosi slowed down negotiations to deny President Donald Trump a victory in the run-up to Election Day.
Pelosi’s message to Mnuchin comes as the markets tumble Coronavirus spread throughout the country And Washington failed to agree on another virus relief package.
Pelosi wrote: “With the outbreak of the Corona virus and the collapse of the stock market, we are still waiting for the Trump administration’s promised responses on several items of critical importance.” “Your responses are crucial to the continuation of our negotiations.”
The California Democrat played a difficult role in the talks and demanded months ago for a $ 2 trillion plus COVID-19 rescue package. Historic CARES Act $ 1.8 Trillion It swept Congress in March. The legislation was passed twice in the House of Representatives, but the Republican-controlled Senate was now in limbo.
Recent weeks of secret talks have been accompanied by much optimistic talk from Pelosi and sometimes from her counterparts in the administration – but no conclusions have been reached. Meanwhile, many Republican senators broke with Trump, who was eager for a deal that would allow him to issue another round of $ 1,200 direct payments In his name. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Trump advised Against a deal before the election, warning that it would split the Republicans.
The failure of the talks, along with the dreaded third wave of coronavirus cases sweeping the country, has worsened markets and is sure to stir tensions for lawmakers to resolve their differences after the election. But these lame duck sessions – especially if there is a change in the balance of power in Washington – often fail to deliver.
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