U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday stated she was optimistic about Congress passing coronavirus reduction laws earlier than the Nov. three presidential election.
- Last Updated: September 12, 2020, 9:57 AM IST
WASHINGTON: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday stated she was optimistic about Congress passing coronavirus reduction laws earlier than the Nov. three presidential election.
“I’m optimistic. I do think that we should have an agreement,” Pelosi stated in a CNN interview. “That’s what we all want.”
The U.S. Senate on Thursday killed a Republican invoice that may have offered round $300 billion in new coronavirus assist, as Democrats in search of much more funding – round $three trillion – prevented it from advancing.
Pelosi stated she was proud to see Senate Democratic chief Chuck Schumer “reject that terrible skinny bill to a massive problem that we have.”
She didn’t confer with any deliberate negotiations with the White House or congressional Republican leaders on a brand new invoice.
President Donald Trump’s dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic has grow to be a spotlight of the 2020 presidential race, by which he trails Democratic rival Joe Biden in a number of opinion polls. The pandemic has led to the deaths of greater than 190,000 folks within the United States and greater than 910,000 worldwide.
Earlier this 12 months, Congress quickly handed 4 payments offering about $three trillion to answer the COVID-19 disaster. The Democratic-controlled House handed a fifth invoice in May that would offer one other $three trillion in assist, however the Republican-led Senate didn’t take it up.
The Republican invoice defeated on Thursday would have renewed a federal unemployment profit, however at a decrease degree than Democrats sought. It additionally would have set new protections for companies towards lawsuits through the pandemic.
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Other initiatives – together with assist to state and native governments, a second spherical of direct funds to households, and bailouts for airways – weren’t addressed within the Republican invoice.
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