House Democrats Postpone Stimulus Talks; Negotiations to Continue

Headline Roundup September 30th, 2020

On Wednesday, House Democrats postponed the vote on a $2.2 billion stimulus check. The vote was postponed until Thursday to allow House Speaker Nancy Pelosi more time to negotiate a potential bipartisan deal, according to a report from USA Today. The postponement comes after Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met Wednesday to discuss an economic-relief deal and did not reach an agreement. Democrats’ bill includes an extended weekly $600 through Jan. 2021, a second round of $1,200 household payments, $436 billion in aid to state and local governments and a renewed Paycheck Protection Program. Mnuchin’s counteroffer is similar to a $1.5 trillion package proposed by the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus in the House earlier this month. Talks halted when President Donald Trump signed a series of executive orders in August.

Coverage from some right-rated outlets tended to focus on the details of the Democrats’ proposal. Some center-rated outlets framed the $2.2 trillion as unlikely to pass.

House Democrats Postpone Stimulus Talks; Negotiations to Continue

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House Democrats postponed a vote Wednesday on a $2.2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill in the hopes a deal could be reached as negotiations drag on with the White House on a plan to help Americans struggling from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

The vote was postponed until Thursday to allow House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and White House negotiators more time to discuss a potential bipartisan deal, said a Democratic aide, who was unable to discuss internal deliberations publicly.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met Wednesday to discuss an economic-relief deal, and although they did not reach a final deal, House Democrats agreed to postpone a vote on a more partisan bill to give the bipartisan talks more time.

“Secretary Mnuchin and I had an extensive conversation and we found areas where we are seeking further clarification. Our conversations will continue,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement after their 90-minute meeting.

Democrats pulled back plans to vote on their $2.2 trillion stimulus bill, which is...

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House Democrats are making another push to provide a fresh round of federally-funded unemployment benefits to replace the $600-a-week benefit that expired in July.

On Monday, Democrats unveiled a scaled-down version of the HEROES Act, their proposed stimulus package that passed in the House in May. Originally the package had a $3 trillion price tag. The revised version would cost $2.2 trillion.

It calls for extending the $600 weekly benefit through Jan. 2021 and a second round of $1,200 direct payments to households, both of which were included in the...

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