Pelosi downplays chance for coronavirus relief package
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi on Thursday raised hopes that Congress and the White House could reach an agreement on a stand-alone coronavirus stimulation law to save the crippled aviation industry.
The California Democrat insisted she would only consider an airline support bill estimated at $ 25 billion as part of talks about a comprehensive stimulus plan that would cost about $ 2 trillion.
"There is no separate invoice without a larger invoice," said Pelosi.
“Tomorrow, by the way, tomorrow, come here tomorrow. We are going to talk about the 25th amendment, ”she said without further comment.
She said she was still "hopeful" that President Trump would flip-flop again, and said Democratic negotiators are still speaking to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
Nonetheless, Pelosi accused Trump of announcing Tuesday that he would end talks on a broader economic bill.
"You got off the whole package," she said.
She called on Trump to reverse course and agree to a larger package before election day.
"If he wants to wait until after the election, that would be unfortunate," she said. "Every day of being late is a problem."
Pelosi's remarks seemed to close the door on the chances of a bill for the aviation industry that last week put tens of thousands of workers on leave following the expiry of an earlier stimulus package.
The American Airlines CEO asked the White House and leaders of Congress to keep working and pass the Standalone Aid Act, saying it had broad support from both parties.
Regardless of the support, the US Senators are not expected to return to Washington to vote until October 19.
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