House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has deserted the initial 48-hour ultimatum she gave the White House for coronavirus relief aid in hopes that a new deal is coming soon, the Washington Examiner reports.
Pelosi told Bloomberg News on Tuesday that she is working with the White House Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to pass new relief aid before the election in November. Many in Washington, D.C. believed that the time for a new relief package was long past, but negotiations are still going strong.
If Pelosi and Mnuchin succeed in crafting a deal, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has already agreed to bring it up for a vote, according to the Examiner.
Hope for a new deal
McConnell needs to find 13 other Republicans to join the Democrats to pass a coronavirus relief bill assuming all Democrats would accept the deal.
As it stands, the prospective deal is worth $1.8 trillion, falling short of what Democrats are demanding.
To further complicate matters, Republicans in the Senate are set to vote on a $500 billion dollar package that has been roundly rejected by Democrats, USA Today reports.
Any deal will need 60 votes to pass the Senate and thus will require the full support of a whole party and a few breakaways from the other party.
Packed schedule for the Senate
According to CNBC, Democrats already blocked a $500 billion dollar package last month, and they have refused to entertain any idea of a relief package that is reasonably priced.
For the Democrats in the Senate, it’s trillion-dollar packages or bust. Pelosi has previously referred to Republican coronavirus packages as, “one step forward, two steps back,” Fox News reported.
With the election only days away, Republicans in the Senate have a choice to make: either press for a deal that Democrats will never give them, or focus on the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
There are two huge issues and there is likely only time for one before the election. Democrats have already played their hand and they will never accept a deal that isn’t tailored to their requirements.
While passing a COVID-19 relief deal may help Trump in the election, confirming Barrett will ensure a constitutional majority on the Supreme Court and stop the degradation of our constitutional rights. Thankfully, it looks like Republicans are on the path to victory as far as ACB is concerned.