Pelosi gives Trump 48-hour deadline for coronavirus relief talks


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi established a 48-hour deadline to complete talks on a new round of federal coronavirus relief.

Pelosi told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Sunday that the deadline "only relates if we want to get it done before the election, which we do."

The speaker said that her concerns focus on differences between the legal language in the House's version of the bill and that of the White House negotiators.

"We’re saying to them we have to freeze the design on some of these things," the California Democrat said. "What is the language? ... Shall is different from may. The difference amounts to this: When you say ‘may,’ you’re giving the president a slush fund. He may do this, he may grant, he may withhold."

The 48-hour deadline was first mentioned by Drew Hammill, the deputy chief of staff to Pelosi, in a trio of tweets Saturday night after the speaker spoke with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin by phone for 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 addre... (Read more)

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