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After President Donald Trump tweeted that he was positive for the coronavirus on his Twitter page, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a statement. Pelosi said that this could change the results of stimulus talks.
She remarked that this development might change the way Republicans perceive the coronavirus’s reality. Pelosi also said that she would pray for the safety of President Trump.
The House recently voted before a recess this October. Legislators may return to the capital to approve the coronavirus stimulus package and receive a 24-hour notice before they vote.
It has been weeks that the House talked about how much money to include in the coronavirus stimulus plan. The Speaker has repeatedly stated that the GOP is unable to understand how severe the outbreak is. Pelosi’s stimulus plans are billions of dollars different from Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s recommendations. The House approved a $2.2 trillion Democratic proposal Thursday while Mnuchin insisted on a $1.6 trillion deal. Despite the difference, Pelosi is still optimistic that a good deal will come out of the talks.
Pelosi and Mnuchin conversed on the phone after the announcement from Trump. Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s representative, said that the two discussed areas they disagreed on and that their discussions will likely continue.
Republicans have called for increased coronavirus support, but they argued that Democrats have very costly and unrealistic plans. Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, said that it’s essential that necessary precautions are considered like wearing masks; however, some Republicans and President Trump were not severe enough to abide by these simple rules.
Republicans and Democrats have agreed on a stimulus plan of up to $1,200 for workers who meet requirements. Also, support will be provided for the airline industry, coronavirus testing, education, and extension of the Paycheck Protection Program.
The House is set to have its recess after its session on Friday. Meanwhile, the Senate is out for a break next week. It would seem like time is running out for an agreement before Election Day. But if negotiations resume, the final day for a new bill to pass hangs in the air. The leaders of both houses may also extend break schedules.
If the House and the Senate don’t reach a deal by Friday, a bill may be passed a few days before the election as Congress and the President and Democratic presidential bet Joe Biden start campaigning in full swing.