House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi defends not speaking to Trump for an entire year On The Money: Kudlow confident that Trump can ’round up’ Senate GOP behind coronavirus relief deal | US deficit spikes to record .1T Romney slams Trump for refusing to denounce QAnon on national television MORE‘s (D-Calif.) deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill said Saturday that there has been some “encouraging news on testing” following the speaker’s call with Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinPelosi defends not speaking to Trump for an entire year On The Money: Kudlow confident that Trump can ’round up’ Senate GOP behind coronavirus relief deal | US deficit spikes to record .1T US deficit spikes to record .1 trillion in 2020 amid pandemic spending MORE to discuss the details on a possible fifth coronavirus relief package.
The call is the latest development in the back-and-forth stimulus negotiations that have appeared to grind to a halt as the White House has thus far been unable to hammer out a deal with congressional leadership.
The news comes as President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichigan court overturns absentee ballot extension Trump jokes he’ll ‘find a way’ to fire Gov. DeSantis if he loses Florida Biden hits Trump’s response to attempted kidnapping of Michigan governor: ‘What the hell is wrong with this guy?’ MORE and his administration are pushing to pass a stimulus bill just weeks before the Nov. 3 election. Earlier this month, Trump encouraged Congress to “go big or go home” on a coronavirus stimulus package after he had called off negotiations altogether in a tweet.
However, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRepublicans increasingly seek distance from Trump On The Money: Kudlow confident that Trump can ’round up’ Senate GOP behind coronavirus relief deal | US deficit spikes to record .1T The Hill’s Campaign Report: Democrats break fundraising records in Senate races MORE (R-Ky.) and other top Republicans have balked at stimulus offers over $1 trillion.
Hamill tweeted the news late Saturday evening, saying that the conversation between Pelosi and Mnuchin lasted about an hour.
“While there was some encouraging news on testing, there remains work to do to ensure there is a comprehensive testing plan that includes contact tracing and additional measures to address the virus’ disproportionate impact on communities of color,” he wrote.
Hammill added that after the discussion, there are also still “an array of additional differences as we go provision by provision that must be addressed in a comprehensive manner in the next 48 hours.”
“Decisions must be made by the White House in order to demonstrate that the Administration is serious about reaching a bipartisan agreement that provides for Americans with the greatest needs during the pandemic,” he added in follow-up tweets.
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