Pelosi Sets Monday Deadline If Trump Wants Pre-Election Stimulus

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi D-Calif. meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington on Oct. 8 2020

"These unacceptable changes include, but are not limited to, the White House's refusal to commit to a science-based national plan for testing, tracing, and treatment to crush the virus", Pelosi wrote, blasting the administration for eliminating "measures to address the virus's disproportionate and deadly impact on communities of color".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared to compare the actions of the Trump administration to elephant dung at the conclusion of a discussion that largely focused on the ongoing negotiations for a new coronavirus relief bill.

The Democrat spoke with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for more than an hour Saturday night about the bill, Bloomberg reports. "That doesn't mean all the Republicans agree with me, but I think they will in the end", he said. "She couldn't care less about our people", he said, adding he believes the real reason she doesn't want to pass anything is because "it's bad for her election".

Pelosi, D-Calif., said on ABC's "This Week" that she wanted to make a deal before November 3, but there had to be a deadline so the bill could be drafted and passed in time. Their next conversation is expected on Monday, according to Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill.

"I'm optimistic because, again, we've been back and forth on all of this", Pelosi said in an interview with ABC's "This Week". She has stuck to her demand for a $2.2 trillion aid and stimulus package. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky called it "outlandish" and signalled further disagreements on coming to a deal.

Pelosi was asked about McConnell's opposition to a relief package as large as the $1.8 trillion or more that she and Mnuchin have been discussing.

"In some segments, the economy is recovering and rebounding in a very robust way but in other segments, things like hotels and restaurants, small businesses, particularly in minority and low- income communities, those places are seeing much more hard situations", Bostic said on CBS' "Face the Nation".

Pelosi told ABC's "This Week" earlier on Sunday that it "depends on the administration" whether a stimulus bill gets passed before the election, and they have 48 hours to come to an agreement. "But Americans need help now".

Barring a breakthrough in the meantime, the Senate votes will underscore the deep differences after months of talks on another stimulus bill, which that have failed to bridge gaps between President Donald Trump's administration, House Democrats and Senate Republicans.

"Republicans have tried numerous times to secure bipartisan agreement where possible and get aid out the door while these endless talks continue", said McConnell.

Senate Republicans, meanwhile, scheduled votes on their own scaled-down legislation Tuesday and Wednesday.

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