President Donald Trump called on Congress to pass a COVID-19 relief measure, calling on them to "get it done."
In a lengthier statement, Pelosi said on Oct. 2 that "strong action" is required to offset damage caused by the CCP virus, pointing to the need for expanded unemployment insurance payments, funding for state and local governments, appropriations, and more. While her statement did not mention stimulus payments, Mnuchin and other Democratic officials have long signaled support for the program.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wrote that he spoke with Trump over a number of issues, including the president's Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, as well as the pandemic and economic measures.
The House last week passed a $2.2 trillion bill that likely will not see the light of day in the GOP-controlled Senate, as Republicans said the new bill contains provisions unrelated to the pandemic. Republicans have also rejected funding for states and cities, which Trump has called a "bailout for badly run Democrat states."
McConnell has called the $2.2 trillion House plan "outlandish" and "too high," while Mnuchin has countered with a $1.62 trillion relief package.
"The latest bill from the speaker is no more serious than any of their political stunts going back months," McConnell said on the Senate floor last week, before adding, "If they continue to refuse to get serious, then American families will continue to hurt."