White House and Congress reach informal agreement to avoid government shutdown

White House and Congress reach informal agreement to avoid government shutdown The call was to discuss the new coronavirus aid The agreem...

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  • White House and Congress reach informal agreement to avoid government shutdown
  • The call was to discuss the new coronavirus aid
  • The agreement was revealed this Thursday by both parties

They did not reach an agreement on the new coronavirus aid, but in Tuesday’s call between the speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy pelosi, and Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury, did manage to reach an informal agreement to avoid the government shutdown at the end of the month.

As reported The HillSources on both sides confirmed that Congress and the White House managed to agree to seek a clean and short-term interim measure to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month, when the federal government runs out of funds.

Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reached the agreement Tuesday during a phone call about stalled efforts by the two sides to approve another COVID-19 aid package, a source familiar with the call said, reported. USA Today.

The agreement would expand government funding to the same levels at which it is currently operating.

Additionally, the agreement will allow both sides of the aisle – Democrats and Republicans – to avoid a series of high-stakes negotiations before voters cast their votes in November.

The bad news, according to The Hill, is that the tentative agreement means the government funding bill and a new coronavirus aid package being negotiated between Pelosi and Mnuchin would not be part of the same talks.

Full details about the deal were not immediately released.

But staff-level talks are scheduled to begin soon, the two Congressional sources said, adding that no decisions have been made on how long the bill would last, according to USA Today.

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On Thursday morning, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters: “We believe that we will be on the verge of obtaining funds to avoid a shutdown.”

Talks Advance Between Nancy Pelosi and Steve Mnuchin on New Coronavirus Aid

This week, talks between Nancy Pelosi and Steve Mnuchin on new coronavirus aid for Americans have progressed.

Although negotiations on a new economic stimulus package remain stalled in the US Senate, this Tuesday, Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury, spoke by phone with Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives. This rekindles hope on the path to an agreement.

In the morning, Mnuchin testified before the House Select Subcommittee on Covid-19 in the country, as they are investigating the response that the federal government has had to the situation. In her testimony, she said that while they do not agree with the $ 2.2 trillion Democratic proposal, they do wish to resume negotiations.

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“Let me say that I strongly agree with you and those other experts that more fiscal response is needed. The president and I want to advance with a more fiscal response ”, assured the Secretary of the Treasury.

He also promised to talk to Pelosi and hours later, he did. They spent more than half an hour on the phone, the NY Post reported.

However, while it demonstrated the goodwill of Republicans, the conversation ended up being fruitless, Pelosi said.

“Unfortunately, this phone call made it clear that Democrats and the White House continue to have serious differences in understanding the seriousness of the situation facing working families in the United States,” he said.

At the moment, Republicans do not give ‘their arm to twist’ with respect to the amount they consider appropriate to pass in a new law to address the pandemic.

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“Over a month ago, we said we would be willing to cut $ 1 trillion from the Heroes Act if the White House added $ 1 trillion to the Senate bill. Last week, we said we would be willing to go down to $ 2.2 trillion, ”explained Pelosi.

The Democrats’ original bill, the Heroes Act, called for a total amount of $ 3.4 trillion, but has yet to be discussed in the Senate.

For their part, Republicans are not very convinced about the Democratic proposal because of its high cost and because they consider it includes costs not related to the pandemic.

The big discrepancy is that even though the Democrats lowered ‘their bet’ to $ 2.2 trillion, the Democrats are still sticking to a $ 1.3 trillion economic stimulus package.

Still, Mnuchin said in his statement that both he and President Trump advocate and support more funding for workers, schools, coronavirus testing, and helping small businesses.

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New aid for coronavirus: Pelosi uncovers what she spoke to the Trump administration

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, resumed talks today with Mark Meadows, representative of the Trump administration, to agree on the new aid for coronavirus. But the Democrat revealed that there is no good news so far.

Through a statement released through her Twitter account, Nancy Pelosi uncovered the intentions of the government of President Donald Trump.

“This conversation made it clear that the White House continues to ignore the needs of the American people, as the coronavirus crisis devastates lives and livelihoods,” said the California Democrat.

“Originally, House and Senate Democrats made it clear that we would be willing to cut $ 1 trillion if the White House added $ 1 trillion to a bill,” Pelosi explained.

“To find ourselves in the middle, we have now said that we would be willing to spend 2.2 trillion to meet the needs of the American people,” the Democrat clarified.

“It’s not about dollars, it’s about values. These investments will not only help squash the virus, but will also help boost the economy. “

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