“We’re getting our information the way everyone else is, in the media,” Pelosi said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
As for talks over another pandemic bailout, Pelosi likewise said she is awaiting word from the White House, indicating the administration owes her answers on whether it will accept the latest terms from House Democrats. “We want to see that they will agree on what we need to do to crush the virus so that we can open the economy and open our schools safely,” the speaker said.
Trump, tweeting from the hospital on Saturday, indicated he wants to reach a deal.
It was arguably his strongest endorsement yet of another round of economic relief for a faltering recovery.
Significant hurdles remain.
The two sides remain at odds over the price tag for the whole measure. House Democrats approved a $2.2 trillion package late Thursday; Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, one of Trump’s top deputies on the matter, has put forward a roughly $1.6 trillion offer. And the two sides remain at odds over assistance for state and local governments, federal unemployment benefits, aid to children and families, and testing and tracing.
Pelosi on CBS said a deal coming together this week depends on whether administration officials “understand what we have to do to crush the virus. You can’t just say, ‘We need to do something, but we’re going to let the virus run free.’ Now it’s even run free in the White House.”
Negotiators face a shrinking window. The Senate is not scheduled to return until Oct. 19. Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett are set to begin in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Oct. 12 and will dominate what remains of senators’ attention for non-election business. And any deal Pelosi strikes with the administration will also need