Pelosi, the first U.S. Democrat elected, said on Sunday that differences persisted with President Donald Trump’s administration over a broad coronavirus relief program, but that she was optimistic that legislation could be passed before Sunday. ballot. But, she said, a deal is expected to be reached by the end of Tuesday to meet that deadline.
The White House has proposed a $ 1.8 trillion stimulus package to help Americans struggling with the economic ravages of the coronavirus pandemic. Pelosi said that supply was insufficient in a number of areas, including tax credits for the poor, assistance to state and local governments, worker protection and rent assistance. She stuck to her demand for a $ 2.2 trillion aid and stimulus package.
Earlier this year, the US Congress passed $ 3 trillion in coronavirus relief, and many Republicans who control the Senate are loath to pass another giant stimulus bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, said on Monday that the Senate would vote Wednesday on a $ 500 billion proposal to target specific areas of need.
McConnell said the Senate would also have a separate vote on Tuesday on a new round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, a popular program that was launched earlier in the pandemic with bipartisan support to provide loans to small companies.
But Senate Democrats have waited for a larger overall aid package. Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer called the Republican plan “emaciated,” saying it is abandoning state and local governments in need and having insufficient funding for unemployment benefits. Senate Democrats blocked similar proposals last month.
McConnell, in remarks in the Senate, excoriated Pelosi for what he said was his “all or nothing” position on approving additional coronavirus aid. “The President’s Marie Antoinette act must come to an end,” McConnell said.