Pelosi gives 48-hour ultimatum to White House to agree to ransom

Pelosi’s Deputy Chief of Staff Drew Hammill tweeted Saturday that the Speaker of the Lower House and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had talked by phone for an hour about the stimulus package.

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EFE

03:24 PM / 18/10/2020

The president of the US House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, gave this Sunday October 18 a 48-hour ultimatum to the White House to reach an agreement on a new stimulus package for the economy in order to curb the effects of the covid-19 pandemic.

“The point is that 48 (hours) only refers to whether we want to do it before the elections, which is what we want,” Pelosi said in an interview with ABC News television.

He added: “What we say is that we have to freeze the design of some of these things. Are we going ahead with it or not? And what is the language. I am optimistic because, again, we have been in a give and take about everything. this”.

Asked if the Americans will receive any economic relief before the November 3 elections, the Democratic leader indicated that “that depends on the Administration.”

“Where we have an agreement, we still do not have it on the language, but I am hopeful,” said Pelosi, who expressed her disagreement about the fact that the government wants to remove terms referring to the pandemic from the text of the pact.

In this regard, he gave as an example that the Trump Administration wants to replace stronger words such as “requirements” with others such as “recommendations.”

Pelosi’s Deputy Chief of Staff Drew Hammill tweeted Saturday that the Speaker of the Lower House and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had talked by phone for an hour about the stimulus package.

“While there was hopeful news about the (covid-19) testing, work remains to be done to ensure that there is a global testing plan that includes contact tracing and additional measures to address the disproportionate impact of the virus on communities of color.” Hammill pointed out.

“There remains a series of additional differences as we advance clause by clause that must be dealt with globally in the next 48 hours. The White House must make decisions to show that the Administration is serious about reaching a bipartisan agreement,” he concluded.

The White House and the Democrats have been holding talks for months to agree on a new stimulus package, after the one approved in March this year worth 2.2 trillion dollars, the largest in the country’s history.

In the absence of an agreement for the moment, the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch Connell, announced on Saturday two votes in his chamber next week on two bills presented by his caucus.

Next Tuesday, a proposal will be voted on to provide funding for the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), included in the stimulus package approved in March and that expired last August.

This program allowed small businesses to receive loans from the federal government, which could be forgiven if workers’ payrolls were kept at a certain level.

On Wednesday, McConnell wants to vote again on the $ 500 billion economic stimulus plan suggested by Republicans, which Democrats blocked last month, though he is unlikely to get enough support.

Trump this week encouraged a pre-election deal, suggesting that Mnuchin should go beyond the current $ 1.8 trillion White House proposal, despite Republican senators’ rejection of that amount.

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