Steve Mnuchin and the GOP are said to be open to talks on the Democrats' new $ 2.2 trillion COVID package, which includes a second round of $ 1,200 in stimulus checks, adding $ 1,200 to unemployment Includes $ 600 and $ 225 billion for schools.
The scaled-down proposal for the final ditch represents a cut of $ 3.4 billion, which was passed in Parliament in May, but remains well above what Senate Republicans were willing to accept. Republicans have advocated staying in the $ 650-1 trillion range.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi told her fellow Democrats on Monday that the proposal would "protect lives, livelihoods and the lives of our democracy in the coming months". More than 7.1 million Americans have tested positive for the virus. 204,905 died
The package includes $ 600 weekly unemployment payments through January next, a second stimulus check of $ 1,200 per taxpayer and $ 500 per dependent, and $ 75 billion for coronavirus testing.
Talks between Republicans and Democrats have stalled after the $ 3 trillion Heroes Bill passed by the House in May. The previous Cares Act was signed into law in March in response to the pandemic.
Pelosi spoke to Finance Minister Mnuchin on Monday; The two agreed to speak again on Tuesday, according to their aide. Mnuchin has said he is open to negotiation, the Washington Post reports.
Pelosi said in recent days that she thinks an agreement could be reached with the White House on a new coronavirus aid package and that talks would continue. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Donald Trump was ready to sign a $ 1.3 trillion aid package.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said in a statement: "It has been more than four months since House Democrats sent $ 3.4 trillion of badly needed science and data coronavirus aid to the GOP Senate , and Leader McConnell hit the pause button. "
In a letter to Democratic lawmakers released by Pelosi's office, she said the legislation "contains new resources needed to avert disasters for schools, small businesses, restaurants, function rooms, airline employees and others."
"The Democrats are keeping our promise to compromise with this updated bill," she said. "We were able to make important additions and reduce the cost of the invoice by reducing the time initially covered."
The package includes $ 436 billion to pay for vital workers such as first responders and health workers "who protect us and are at risk of losing their jobs".
It would also send a whopping $ 225 billion to colleges and universities, and give companies another round of subsidies under the paycheck protection program.
House Democratic leaders may vote on it as early as Thursday, but the time for an agreement is up before the November elections.
The proposal includes a second stimulus check of $ 1,200 per taxpayer and $ 500 per dependent employee (archive image).
In a statement, Pelosi said, "It has been more than four months since House Democrats sent the GOP Senate much-needed $ 3.4 trillion coronavirus relief based on science and data, and Leader McConnell hit the pause button.
In our negotiations with the White House, the Democrats have since offered to cut $ 1 trillion if the Republicans raised $ 1 trillion. T.
"Then we offered to save another $ 200 billion, even though the health and economic crisis deepened and needs only grew."
Pelosi deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill tweeted, “Spokesperson Pelosi and Secretary Mnuchin spoke at 6:30 pm. Called tonight after House Democrats rolled out an updated version of the Heroes Act.
"The two have agreed to speak again tomorrow morning."
Talks over the summer were sharp and naming, and talks this month have seen no visible progress. Even if the rival sides could agree on a "top-line" number from which details could be negotiated, there would still be dozens of difficult issues to clear.
For example, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insists that liability protection against potential lawsuits against companies, schools and universities that reopen during the pandemic be part of the law.
Pelosi rejects the idea and did not include it in Monday's legislation.
Democrats say the purpose of the new bill is to show good faith and spark a more meaningful round of talks. But it also comes after party moderators and frontline lawmakers protested in swing districts that democratic leaders are too inflexible.
Pelosi's office has announced that it is considering putting the new measure up for a vote in case talks with the Trump administration prove unsuccessful this week.
Talks between Republicans and Democrats have stalled after the $ 3 trillion Heroes Bill passed by Parliament in May. House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi spoke to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin on Monday
According to their aide, the two agreed to speak again on Tuesday
MSNBC Pelosi said she didn't speak to Mnuchin until Sunday and added, "I think we can find our common ground, but he'll have to come back with a lot more money to do the job.
So I am hopeful. I am optimistic. & # 39;
In July, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's $ 1 trillion bill was dismissed by the Democrats as a "half-hearted, half-baked legislative proposal".
Pelosi said: "The Democrats are keeping our promise to compromise with this updated bill."
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