House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks to CNN on Sunday, September 27th. CNN
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi told CNN’s State of the Union that House Democrats could offer their latest stimulus proposal as legislation if revived talks with the Trump administration fail to bring a deal their party can get behind.
“Look, I was ready to go under $ 3.4 trillion. We came all the way down, ”Pelosi told CNN’s Jake Tapper, referring to the price of a stimulus proposal that House Democrats passed in May. “I don’t know why the press is deciding that this is my equivalent to getting further while not going up. So we have our conversations. “
Where are things: Weeks after the breakup of the final round of business stimulus talks, which saw both sides buried behind top-line funding numbers more than a trillion dollars apart, Pelosi on Sunday expressed optimism that they would be in negotiations with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Could reach an agreement. CNN has reported that some House Democrats are anxious to pass some sort of stimulus bill before Congress breaks for campaign season and fear that if they don’t do so, voters will be upset.
“When I have a conversation with the administration, it’s in good faith. I trust Secretary Mnuchin to represent something that can lead to a solution and I believe we can reach an agreement, ”Pelosi said.
Although House Democrats have prepared a new proposal priced at around $ 2.2 trillion, Pelosi said the incentive her party envisions may cost more.
“The president’s rejection of the virus and mere resistance to doing anything to destroy it made matters worse in many ways,” she quoted restaurants, small businesses and American workers as saying. “Maybe we need more money. We’ll show what that is in a short time. “
Under pressure from Tapper to offer the proposal as an invoice if a deal remained elusive, Pelosi didn’t rule out the prospect.
“That is definitely a possibility. But I am hoping for a deal. I’d rather have a deal that puts money in people’s pockets than have rhetorical arguments, ”she said.
The Trump administration has spent $ 1.5 trillion as the highest topline number it is willing to consider, meaning the two sides still disagree on the scope of the problem.