Pelosi 'hopeful' on virus relief bill before election

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday she and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin must reach an agreement within 48 hours if they want to pass a coronavirus stimulus relief bill before Election Day.

Pelosi, the top elected Democrat, said she wanted a bill passed before the November 3 presidential election, but acknowledged an agreement would have to come within 48 hours for that to happen. Are we going with it or not, and what is the language?' " Pelosi said.

"The administration continues to fail to meet the well-documented need for funds to protect frontline workers in health care, first responders, sanitation, transportation, food workers, teachers and others, and to prevent service cuts to struggling communities", Pelosi told House Democrats in her letter. "The 48 only relates to if we want to get it done before the election, which we do".

The Republican-majority US Senate will vote on a $500 billion coronavirus relief bill on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced.

"We have to have a national plan", she added.

They spoke for an hour and 15 minutes and agreed to speak again on Monday, Treasury spokeswoman Monica Crowley said on Twitter. Their staff members are still talking.

Pelosi and Mnuchin spoke Saturday evening, according to Drew Hammill, the house speaker's deputy of chief.

Pelosi singled out proposed provisions on Covid-19 testing and tracing as an area with disputed wording.

While Pelosi said she was "optimistic" and the two parties have made progress, she said there have been specific disagreements over the language used in the bill.

Hammill cited that topic in his tweet on Saturday and "an array of additional differences as we go provision by provision that must be addressed in a comprehensive manner in the next 48 hours".

Negotiations between the White House and Capitol Hill on a fifth round of stimulus have dragged on since the end of July without an agreement. Fox News reached out to Pelosi's office for clarification of her statement, but they did not immediately respond.

The Trump administration has attempted to negotiate with House Democrats, but a breakthrough has remained far out of reach throughout the course of the summer. The House has passed a $2.2 trillion measure while the White House has offered $1.8 trillion.

"Republicans have tried numerous times to secure bipartisan agreement where possible and get aid out the door while these endless talks continue". "Next week, Senate Republicans will move to break this logjam".

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