The Speaker of the House and the Secretary of the Treasury are eager to separate government funding from stalled talks on economic aid due to the coronavirus
Mnuchin and Pelosi try to avoid the government shutdown in September.
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The Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy pelosi and the secretary of the treasury Steven Mnuchin have tentatively agreed to use a short-term spending bill for avoid a government shutdown in late September, according to aides to legislators on Capitol Hill.
He agreement for government funding It occurs even as the White House and top Democratic officials have not been able to reach a compromise on a new financial aid package for the coronavirus.
Pelosi and Mnuchin spoke for more than 30 minutes earlier this week, reported POLITICAL, but they are separated by hundreds of billions of dollars of additional stimulus required to ease the downturn in the US economy.
However, separating the issue of government funding from the coronavirus relief talks eliminates at least one nightmare scenario, two months before Election Day: a stagnation in economic stimulus coupled with the shutdown of federal agencies and the halting of vital services amid a pandemic.
“House Democrats are in favor of a clean and ongoing resolution,” said Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, in a statement.
There is no consensus on how long the interim measure will extend government funding after September 30, said the Capitol collaborators quoted earlier.
House and Senate Democratic leaders have yet to formally discuss the issue, though a deadline of mid-December it would be the traditional practice during an election year.
The Senate returns to session next week, while the House does not return from its summer recess until mid-month.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senior Senate Republicans are trying to gain support for a limited coronavirus relief package that can garner at least 51 Republican votes. Democrats will oppose the plan, making it unlikely they will get the 60 votes needed to move forward.