House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, two leading negotiators for a new coronavirus reduction round, are engaged in the open war after weeks of private negotiations – raising new doubts as to whether they whether agreement can be reached on the stimulus law after the November election.
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 hard-working Americans who need help NOW,” Mnuchin wrote in a letter.
His remarks came after Ms. Pelosi sent a private letter to Ms. Mnuchin earlier on Thursday, highlighting the extent of the split between the two sides over details of the potential stimulus bill and hitting the Trump administration for not accept the Democrats’ requests on major issues.
“The American people are suffering and they want us to come to an agreement to save the lives, livelihoods, and lives of our American Democracy as soon as possible,” Pelosi wrote.
Mnuchin said he first learned of Pelosi’s letter from the media reports on Thursday morning, and he “unfortunately can only conclude that it was a political stunt”.
What this means for an invoice: The confrontation between the two sides is not good for the odds of the new stimulus bill. When the others essentially gave up on another coronavirus relief over the summer, Pelosi and Mnuchin continued to have phone calls to negotiate and work toward a deal.
With Democratic Party leaders steadfastly behind their call for a massive aid package and Republican lawmakers rather than advocating a much smaller, targeted, deal never really seemed imminent.
But Pelosi and Mnuchin go on to claim progress is being made – and sometimes, right. Earlier, they both expressed hope that a deal could be finalized before Election Day, but negotiations have stalled in recent days.
At a press conference earlier in the day, Pelosi said the talks were not over yet. She said she is eyeing the congressional meeting after the election as an opportunity for lawmakers to pass new aid.