While there appears to be little bipartisan agreement between the Democratic-led House of Representatives and the Trump White House, one tentative deal provides evidence of an important exception to that trend.
The latest round of budget negotiations included a major concession by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in an agreement meant to avoid a government shutdown at the end of this month, as reported by The Hill.
No CARES Act for now
For the past few months, Pelosi and U.S. Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has presented a united message that they would refuse to give in to the Trump administration in reaching such a deal.
Ahead of a possible shutdown as millions of Americans are struggling through a pandemic and its associated economic impact, Pelosi and her party apparently felt the stakes were too high for continued resistance to negotiating with the president.
When it came to finalizing the terms of the latest coronavirus-related stimulus package, Republicans reportedly took a stand.
GOP fortitude in Congress followed President Donald Trump’s announcement of executive orders addressing the most pressing issues related to the stimulus if Democrats did not budge on a proposal that tipped the scales at more than $3 trillion.
Rather than continue pushing for all the costly pet projects included the in CARES Act, the speaker agreed to a clean bill to keep the government open and has been working with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to hash it out.
“To avoid a shutdown”
Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hammill confirmed the development in a statement this week.
While it might appear to be an effort to reach across the aisle, Democrats possibly felt they had no real option as a shutdown deadline looms.
If successful, the resolution currently being negotiated would maintain governmental operations until December. It would not address the stimulus still being pushed by Democrats as necessary federal spending.
While details remain under wraps, a number of sources signaled progress. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Thursday that the administration believes “that we will be able to get funding to avoid a shutdown.”
Some GOP leaders have come under fire from within the party for insufficiently standing up to Democrats, but this meaningful development is a sign that Republicans can hold firm to their positions when it matters most.