Chances of second COVID-19 stimulus for Americans ‘slim’, says White House

*This is not serious if we’re providing stimulus relief for the American people, it should be just that, for American people, for US citizens, says WH Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

*House Speaker Nancy Pelosi still hopeful that a deal can get done in the coming weeks

As the United States prepares for presidential poll November 3, 2020, White House (WH) Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has expressed doubt that a Coronavirus relief package will be agreed upon before the historic date.

McEnany stated Tuesday, that House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi is seeking stimulus cheques for tax paying immigrants, which the presidential aide said goes against the wishes of Republicans and could delay an agreement.

McEnany said on Fox Business Network, that “the chances are slim when you have someone like Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, when you look at the proposal they put forward and it still stands today.

“This is not serious if we’re providing stimulus relief for the American people, it should be just that, for American people, for U.S. citizens…. So it’s on her.”

Nonetheless, the report stated that Pelosi remains optimistic.

Earlier this month, Pelosi set a 48-hour deadline for the White House to agree to a bill. She said she was “optimistic” that the deal could get done ahead of the presidential election.

The US House of Representatives Speaker had told ABC News that “the 48 only relates to if we want to get it done before the election, which we do.

“We’re saying to them, we have to freeze the design on some of these things — are we going with it or not and what is the language? I’m optimistic because again we’ve been back and forth on all this.”

A deal has yet to be reached, however, as the leaders of both parties are still at an impasse over several elements of the second relief package.

The House approved a $2.2 trillion plan May 2020, but Republicans countered that it was too large.

Democrats, however, are pushing for funding for state and local governments, and Republicans are pushing for liability protection for businesses during the pandemic.

The leaders of both parties have agreed to send Americans a second $1,200 stimulus payment, as well as provide aid to the struggling airline industry.

Pelosi reportedly had an hour-long phone conversation with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Monday, and her spokesman Drew Hammill tweeted that she “remains optimistic that an agreement can be reached before the election.”

Hammill said: “We continue to eagerly await the Administration’s acceptance of our health language,” adding, it is “clear that our progress depends on [Senate Majority] Leader [Mitch] McConnell agreeing to bipartisan, comprehensive legislation.”

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