After speaking for over an hour with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Saturday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi set a deadline on stimulus negotiations that have stretched on for months.
“There remains an array of additional differences as we go provision by provision that must be addressed in a comprehensive manner in the next 48 hours,” Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, said via Twitter. “Decisions must be made by the White House in order to demonstrate that the Administration is serious about reaching a bipartisan agreement that provides for Americans with the greatest needs during the pandemic.”
It wasn’t immediately clear what would happen if the deadline wasn’t met and policy disputes remained outstanding, but both sides have previously set timelines that were retracted or drifted.
According to Hammill, Pelosi and Mnuchin did make progress on provisions around a national plan for testing, but are still working on components of it, including a comprehensive strategy for contact tracing and addressing the pandemic’s “disproportionate impact on communities of color.”
The Senate will meanwhile vote on a $500B coronavirus stimulus bill on Wednesday, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as a larger bipartisan deal remains elusive.