Second stimulus check: Updates on negotiations in Congress today and Trump’s status

Wednesday, 07 Oct, 2020

Democrats' HEROES Act 2.0 is a slimmed-down version of the House's $3.6 trillion HEROES Act the House passed back in May.

COVID-19 bill advanced in the chamber on October 1, despite opposition from 18 Democratic members of the House.

Pelosi in a letter Friday to House Democrat said there remain five areas of "significant disagreement" with the White House that were topics in her call with Mnuchin.

In one sign of the how the economic pressure may be affecting the negotiations, Pelosi said Friday that she would support an extension of aid for airlines either as part of a broader package or as a standalone bill. With no national response plan, the vacuum has left it to the Democrats in the House to attempt to move the nation forward.

The new bill, which is unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled SENATE as is, allows local media clusters to be treated as individual smaller businesses rather than as a part of a larger corporate entity. Republican senators have balked at a higher price tag for more relief.

MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle asked Pelosi, who is second in line to succeed the president, about her reaction to the news that both Trump and the first lady have tested positive for the coronavirus. Ms. McEnany touted that they included $250 billion for state and local governments and $150 billion for schools in that proposal.

The party recently proposed a roughly $500 billion stimulus package which Democrats described as "dead on arrival". McConnell said, "We're very, very far apart". That was below expectations and less than half of August's 1.5 million.

Pelosi has contended that she is unwilling to budge much more to appease Senate Republicans.

With Americans getting impatient, both parties are blaming the other for the failure of any bill passage. Republicans have openly opposed the COVID-19 relief bill as partisan, unrealistic, and too expensive. At the same time, Democrats criticized the GOP for allegedly declining to provide enough funds.

As of last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who is representing the White House, were still meeting to negotiate a separate coronavirus relief bill, according to media reports. The discussions took about 50 minutes, as per Pelosi's spokesperson Drew Hamill.

Mrs. Pelosi told reporters later that evening she didn't know when or if a deal could be reached, noting that it was not just dollar amounts but also legislative language that needed to be agreed to.

He noted that President Trump instructed Republicans to come up from their original negotiating point of $1 trillion - and Mnuchin suggested that the number being discussed was somewhere in the "neighborhood" of $1.5 trillion.

Mrs. Pelosi defended the Democrats' all-or-nothing approach to negotiations, arguing that caving just for bipartisan sake would hurt Americans more in the long run.