Pelosi signals Covid deal possible before January

Steven Mnuchin

Steven Mnuchin

"Hopefully now he will come to the table in a serious way to crush the virus", Pelosi said in an interview with MSNBC.

Pelosi said Thursday that she is confident that Joe Biden will win the White House and said that wrapping up COVID-19 relief legislation in the lame-duck session would help get a Biden administration off to a quick start.

Pelosi told reporters Thursday she is still aiming to reach an accord with Mnuchin as quickly as possible, which she said is crucial for tens of millions of Americans who remain out of work because of the pandemic.

"Meanwhile, as the coronavirus surges and the stock market plummets, we are still awaiting the Trump administration's promised responses on multiple items of critical importance", she wrote.

"I have spoken with you nearly every day for the last 45 days in an attempt to reach a serious bipartisan compromise", Mnuchin wrote in a letter.

The exchange of letters illustrated why there was no stimulus bill before Election Day, even as Pelosi continued to express optimism for an agreement and said she hoped to have a deal by the end of the year even as she said she expected Joe Biden to be elected president next week.

A Democrat aide reported to The Hill that the letter had been sent to Mnuchin's staff at 12:05 a.m., several hours before Politico published it.

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"The American people are suffering, and they want us to come to an agreement to save lives, livelihoods and the life of our American Democracy as soon as possible", Pelosi said in the letter.

The White House has said aid to state and local governments has been the main sticking point in the talks, while Democrats also cited the lack of a national coronavirus testing plan. He added that the speaker's "ALL OR NONE approach is hurting hard-working Americans" in need of financial aid.

In her letter to Mnuchin, Pelosi noted how divided the two parties are on details of a new stimulus bill and slammed the Trump administration for rejecting Democratic demands on several issues. The pair are negotiating on one costing almost $2 trillion that would include federal unemployment benefits, $1,200 direct payments, and small business aid among other provisions. It is notoriously hard to pass legislation in an election year, let alone a few months or weeks before election day.

"I don't think this recovery depends on the assistance package, per se, but I do think unemployment assistance, (Payroll Protection Program) small business assistance, helping the schools - that could have helped a lot, and it's not going to happen", White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Fox News.

"While you accuse the Administration of holding up the negotiations, you refuse to bring to the floor of the House stand-alone legislation...that we can fund by using already approved money that we have not spent", Mr. Mnuchin wrote.

According to The Washington Post, it started before dawn on Thursday. Job growth slowed in September compared to previous months, and permanent layoffs are rising.

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