House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke for an hour on a possible COVID-19 stimulus deal, but haven't come to an agreement, according to Pelosi's spokesperson.
After restarting talks in late July, the two sides have been unable to come to an agreement on various provisions, including funding for states and cities, liability coverage for businesses, and unemployment benefits. Further complicating the matter is the COVID-19 diagnosis of President Donald Trump and three Republican senators.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced over the weekend that the upper chamber would be out of session until Oct. 19, adding that he doesn't believe a deal will be made with Pelosi. The House of Representatives last week also left Washington for district work.
Pelosi on Oct. 4 told "Meet the Press" that she's optimistic about the possibility of another deal, saying, "We're making progress."
Earlier this year, the White House and Congress approved a mostly bipartisan deal called the CARES Act that authorized $1,200 stimulus checks, $600-per-week unemployment benefits, Payment Protection Program loans, and other measures.
In recent days, Democrats proposed the $2.2 trillion update to the HEROES Act, passing it in the House last week. Republicans largely rejected the measure, and the White House offered a $1.6 trillion compromise.
The speaker also said that with Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis, it “kind of changes the dynamic” on the stimulus legislation.