Congress, Trump Administration Searching for Middle Ground on New Stimulus

Headline Roundup October 20th, 2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke Tuesday and are scheduled to speak again Wednesday regarding a new coronavirus stimulus package. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he'd support holding a vote on the measure, but did not say when a vote might be held or how he'd vote on it. The bill Pelosi and Mnuchin are discussing will reportedly cost between $1.8 trillion and $2.2 trillion.

Coverage from some left- and center-rated outlets focused more on anonymously sourced reports of McConnell's purported reluctance to finish a deal prior to the presidential election on November 3. Conversely, reports from right-rated sources concentrated more on McConnell's Tuesday comments saying he'd support holding a vote on the measure at some point. Outlets on all sides reported on apparent tension among Senate Republicans over the new bill's cost; CNBC also released poll data suggesting a majority of voters would rather see the Senate work out a stimulus package than nominate a new Supreme Court justice before the election.

Congress, Trump Administration Searching for Middle Ground on New Stimulus

From the Center
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The Trump administration and Democrats made progress on coronavirus stimulus talks Tuesday but still need to overcome major differences to reach a deal before the 2020 election, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said.

Meadows outlined the state of talks following a 45-minute conversation between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. He told CNBC the sides have made “good progress” but “still have a ways to go” to strike an agreement. Pelosi and Mnuchin plan to speak again Wednesday.

“I would think that those discussions hopefully...

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From the Right
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Tuesday that if the White House and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) agree to a deal on pandemic relief, he would bring it up for a vote on the Senate floor.

But he stopped short of saying whether he or other top GOP senators would support the measure. It’s also not clear whether the bill would see a vote before the Nov. 3 election.

“If a presidentially-supported bill clears the House at some point we’ll bring it to the floor,” McConnell told reporters...

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From the Left
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned the Trump administration against striking a stimulus deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over fears it would divide Republicans before Election Day.

McConnell told Republican colleagues about the warning during a private lunch on Tuesday, according to three people familiar with the conversation. The sources spoke to the Associated Press anonymously due to the private nature of the meeting.

Republicans have expressed concerns that a stimulus deal before Election Day could divide the party. Many file-and-rank members of the GOP have already declined to...

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