McConnell told Hugh Hewitt’s radio show: “We might need to make another package, definitely more modest than the $ 3 trillion Nancy Pelosi package.” “I think that’s what we need to do from the beginning of the year.”
The decision could hit Americans and businesses heavily for weeks, who are worried about aid quickly passing and blocking its impact on the economy.
Negotiations between the administration and congressional Democrats – led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – over another stimulus have stalled for months and members in both parties have expressed hope. that passing the election would get rid of some of the tense politics they believed held. the parties reached an agreement. The lack of a deal has left millions of Americans without additional unemployment benefits and money has long been exhausted to support small businesses, among other entities waiting for money from Washington to cope with Covid̵7;s translation and its widespread economic slowdown.
McConnell’s comments indicated that he wanted to wait much longer before returning to matters. The issue of how much to spend on a new bill has caused a deep split with Senate Republican leaders McConnell, as GOP lawmakers have faltered at proposals costing nearly $ 2 trillion. .
“I think we need to make a careful, calculated decision about what to do to deal with this Coronavirus virus. We are throwing money on the vaccine,” McConnell said. That is the wise thing to do. ” “We can specifically target small businesses in need and hospitals that are currently dealing with the second wave of Coronavirus, and of course the challenges to education, both K- 12 and college. “
The decision not to move a bill in a lame duck is something McConnell as the majority leader could control in his chamber until January even when the Republicans lost majority control in next week’s election ..
A delay could also affect a new president, if former Vice President Joe Biden wins the White House, by putting in place much needed stimulus and asking Biden to turn it into order. first business for your administration.
McConnell made his comment after being asked what his priorities are next year if Republicans take control of the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Ms. Pelosi said early Friday morning that she was still “hoping” that Democrats could reach an agreement on the stimulus bill with the Trump administration, despite noting that there are still major disagreements.
“So we have a big difference of opinion. I was hoping that we could reconcile them. I still hope that we will,” Pelosi told MSNBC.
Pelosi’s comments came a day after her conflict with White House chief negotiator, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, spread to the public. On Thursday afternoon, Mnuchin hit Pelosi in their top-level clash to date, saying the speaker was refusing to compromise to get much-needed aid for the Americans.
“Your ALL OR NOT method is hurting hardworking Americans who need help NOW,” Mnuchin wrote in a letter.
His remarks came after Pelosi sent his own letter to Mnuchin earlier on Thursday underlining the level of split between the two sides over the details of a potential stimulus bill and hitting the Trump administration for disapproval. receives Democratic requests for important issues including state and local government funding, school safety provisions, child care and unemployment insurance.
CNN’s Haley Byrd contributed to this report.