Treasury Secretary Steve Mnunchin said on Thursday that he learned about a letter Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Trump should accept election results ‘like a man’The spectre of pension failures haunts this electionMicrosoft: Iranian hacking group targeting attendees of major international security conferencesMORE (D-Calif.) sent to him about coronavirus stimulus talks “in the press.”
I woke up this morning and read @SpeakerPelosi s letter to me in the press, Mnunchin said on Twitter. Enclosed is my response. Her ALL OR NONE approach is hurting hard-working Americans who need help NOW!
I woke up this morning and read @SpeakerPelosis letter to me in the press. Enclosed is my response. Her ALL OR NONE approach is hurting hard-working Americans who need help NOW! pic.twitter.com/tarhPwYmkv
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Pelosi sent a letter to Mnunchin earlier in the day Thursday demanding a response to the Democrats latest offer on emergency coronavirus relief, and warned that a failure to act quickly will only worsen the health and economic fallout as the pandemic surges around the country.
Your responses are critical for our negotiations to continue,” Pelosi wrote to Mnuchin.
“The Presidents words that after the election, we will get the best stimulus package you have ever seen only have meaning if he can get [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell: Battle for Senate ‘a 50-50 proposition”Packing’ federal courts is already a serious problemWhat a Biden administration should look likeMORE to take his hand off the pause button and get Senate Republican Chairmen moving toward agreement with their House counterparts.
In his response, Mnunchin accused Pelosi of releasing the letter publicly as a political stunt, and claimed that it inaccurately described the state of current negotiations between the two.
Mnunchin further claimed that the administration accepted Pelosis proposal on dollars and language for coronavirus testing, and has provided feedback on the section on contact tracing.
He also said hes worked with other agencies and committee chairs on responses on several areas of coronavirus relief, including rental assistance, small businesses and funding for the Postal Service.
While you accuse the Administration of holding up negotiations, you refuse to bring to the floor of the House stand-alone legislation to support Airline workers, additional Paycheck Protection Program payments to small businesses, and additional Direct Payments that we can fund using already approved money that we have not spent, Mnunchin wrote. Your ALL OR NONE approach is hurting hard-working Americans who need help NOW.
The letters are the latest squabble between the White House and Democratic congressional leadership on a coronavirus stimulus package that has been stalled for weeks.
The two sides have been in disagreement on a price tag for the deal and where money should be allotted. The White House has offered around $1.9 trillion, and Democrats have put up $2.2 trillion.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: ‘I love you back’Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policySupreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadlineMORE said Tuesday that a stimulus package was coming after the election. He previously urged Congress to vote on aid before Election Day.
After the election, well get the best stimulus package youve ever seen, the president said Tuesday.
Senate Republicans and the White House have blamed Pelosi for not agreeing to their demands, claiming that the speaker has been unwilling to compromise close to the Nov. 3 election.
Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want to approve it. I do, Trump said during last week’s presidential debate when asked about a lack of stimulus deal from Congress. It’s near the election, because she thinks it helps her politically. I think it hurts her politically.”
Meanwhile, the U.S. is still grappling with the reality of a surging pandemic, with over 500,000 new cases of COVID-19 recorded over the past week. The total setting a new weekly record as cases continue to rise with the cooling weather.
Twenty-five states have set a new record for cases in the last two weeks, including 17 states with record highs since last Wednesday.