- McConnell did not disclose whether he would support such an agreement or encourage Republican members to support it.
- Some Republican members still oppose the scale of expenditures currently under discussion.
- Pelosi said that providing assistance to state and local authorities and providing income assistance to working families are still areas where both parties need to work hard.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin can resolve the final differences, and pass a Coronavirus Stimulus Bill in the House of Representatives, then the Senate will take over the bill.
Sen. McConnell did not disclose whether he would support such an agreement or encourage Republican senators to support it.
Prior to this, Speaker Pelosi said in an interview that although more work is needed in some areas to reach an agreement, progress is being made on key provisions, and the bill is in the process of drafting.
“He’ll be on board if something comes,” President Donald Trump said of Sen. McConnell, on Tuesday morning on Fox and Friends. “Not every Republican agrees with me, but they will.”
Some Republican members still oppose the scale of expenditures currently under discussion, so they are not sure whether the bill can be passed in the Senate within two weeks before the election.
Compared with the comments made in recent days, Speaker Pelosi has a more positive view of the negotiations, helping the stock market expand its gains on Tuesday.
“We’re not just down to a difference of language or a few dollars,” Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, warned in an interview on CNBC. “We still have a ways to go, but I would say that the conversations today were productive enough to continue to have discussions tomorrow.”
Speaker Pelosi said that providing assistance to state and local authorities, and providing income assistance to working families, are still areas where both parties need to work hard.
Regarding Republicans providing corporate liability protection against virus-related lawsuits (which is a special priority for McConnell), she plans to propose a countermeasure to Sec. Mnuchin on Tuesday afternoon.
She said that based on the government’s strong COVID-19 workplace regulations, it is possible to reach a compromise.
Speaker Pelosi said, “we’re on a path — you have to be optimistic.” She added, “as the secretary and I say to each other, if we didn’t believe we could get this done, why would we even be talking to each other?”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said:
“After putting the Senate on pause for five long months while businesses closed, millions lost their jobs and hundreds of thousands of Americans died, Leader McConnell is now using this week to hold show votes on coronavirus relief.”
Sen. McConnell said on Tuesday, “if a presidentially supported bill clears the House at some point, we’ll bring it to the floor.” He also said that the Senate will debate the bill “at some point,” but did not specify It will be conducted before the general election.
Some Republican members oppose the stimulus bill, to reach $1.8 trillion or more, so this issue will continue to be a stumbling block. Democrats in the House of Representatives are fighting for a $2.2 trillion stimulus scale, and President Trump said on Tuesday that he can accept a figure that is “even larger than the Democratic plan.”
“We have no particulars to work on,” said Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-AL), and the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “It’s getting to be toward the last minute,” he added. “The clock keeps ticking away. I am not optimistic about us doing anything.”