Pelosi says chances of passing COVID-19 stimulus before election depend on Trump administration


Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Sunday that the chances of passing a COVID-19 stimulus package before the election depend on the Trump administration.

Pelosi said ABC’s “This Week” that she and administration negotiators, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, are “seeking clarity” and “don’t have agreement language yet.”

The Speaker said Democrats want to get an agreement before the election, but added that “we have to freeze the design” of the language. “With all due respect to some of the people in the president’s administration, they're not legislators,” she said. “So when they said, ‘We’re accepting the language on testing,’ for example. 'We’re just making a light touch.'

“They changed ‘shall’ to ‘may,’ ‘requirements’ to ‘recommendations,’ ‘a plan’ to ‘a strategy,’ not a strategic plan,” she continued. “They took out 55 percent of the language that we had there for testing and tracing.”

The Speaker said the Democrats had “pages and pages of how you would” test and trace in minority communities, which the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concluded are disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

She said the administration “crossed it all out” and replaced it with a statement saying the CDC “can provide guidance to the states” on a testing and tracing... (Read more)

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