‘Conversation will continue’: Pelosi again fails to reach deal with GOP on COVID relief bill

Even as pressure mounts on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Democratic Party leaders to strike a deal with the GOP for a second coronavirus stimulus bill, they reportedly continue to resist fruitful negotiations.

Pelosi issued a statement in the wake of the latest attempt claiming that those involved in the process are “seeking further clarification” on unspecified issues, but signaled that the “conversation will continue.”

“A lot of progress”

While Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said there has been “a lot of progress in a lot of areas,” Pelosi continues to hold out on a proposed compromise, as reported by The Hill.

Mnuchin and Pelosi are heading up the stalled negotiations on behalf of the respective parties, and both say one more attempt at a compromise remains on the table.

“We’re going to go back and do a little more work again,” Mnuchin said in the wake of their latest meeting on Wednesday.

He said that the two sides “made a lot of progress in a lot of areas,” but before the meeting had described it as a final effort.

“We’re going to give it one more serious try to get this done, and I think we’re hopeful that we can get something done,” he said in an interview with CNBC earlier this week.

“Bipartisan in nature”

Pelosi earlier agreed to trim $1.2 trillion from the HEROES Act previously introduced in the House. Nevertheless, she has received criticism from within her own party over a perceived lack of sufficient compromise.

As Fox News reported, the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus — made up of 25 Republicans and 25 Democrats — has been urging the speaker to take more substantial steps toward a deal.

“The pressure is loud and forthright and it is bipartisan in nature,” said Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) in a statement earlier this month. “Because that pressure is reflective of where the American people are. They are sick and tired of politics.”

After the latest failed negotiation, Pelosi said that she is still “hopeful” the two sides will reach an agreement, but added that “there has to be a recognition that it takes money to do that.”

It remains to be seen whether she will ultimately realize that her commitment to liberal spending is derailing any remaining path to provide relief for millions of Americans struggling from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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