By Doina Chiacu
WASHINGTON, Oct 18 (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that differences persist with the Trump administration over a comprehensive coronavirus aid package, but was optimistic. that legislation could be passed before Election Day.
Pelosi, the top Democrat-elect, said she wanted a bill passed before the Nov. 3 presidential election between Republican Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, but acknowledged that a deal would have to come within 48 hours for that to happen. happen.
“I’m optimistic because, again, we’ve been coming and going about all of this,” Pelosi said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week.”
However, with his negotiating counterpart, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in the Middle East as of Tuesday, reaching an agreement appears to be a long shot.
The White House proposed a $ 1.8 trillion stimulus last week to help Americans battling the economic ravages of the coronavirus pandemic.
Pelosi said the supply fell short in a variety of areas, including tax credits for the poor, aid to state and local governments, worker protection and rental assistance. It has stuck to its demand for a $ 2.2 trillion aid and stimulus package.
Yet Republicans controlling the Senate are reluctant to pass another huge aid bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the upper house would vote Wednesday on a reduced $ 500 billion bill to target specific areas of need.
(Report by Doina Chiacu in Washington, Edited in Spanish by Manuel Farías)