IN classic Donald Trump style, the president vowed to deliver “the best stimulus package you’ve ever seen” after the election– as a relief deal begin reached before Election Day appears to be dead in the water.
On Tuesday, the president once again blamed Nancy Pelosi as the reason why a deal hasn’t been reached, saying she is “only interested in bailing out badly run, crime-ridden Democrat cities and states.”On Tuesday, President Donald Trump vowed to deliver 'the best stimulus package you'll ever see' after the electionCredit: AP:Associated Press
“Well – after the election, we’ll get the best stimulus package you’ve ever seen, because I think we’re going to take back the House because of her.
“I think you have a lot of congressmen and women – Republican – that are going to get elected. We’ll take back the House. We’ll hold the Senate. We’ll hold the White House,” Trump added.
On Tuesday, Pelosi reiterated that they will “continue to put pen to paper.”U.S. President Trump holds a campaign event in the rain at Capital Region International Airport in Lansing, MichiganCredit: Reuters House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that she'll 'continue to put pen to paper'Credit: AP:Associated Press
The plan of having a stimulus bill ready before the election hit rock-bottom on Tuesday after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell adjourned the Senate after it voted to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
The next deadline Congress faces to approve another spending bill is December 11 – in order to prevent a government shutdown, which can be a window of opportunity for lawmakers to pass another relief bill.
Senate Appropriations Chair Richard Shelby of Alabama told The Washington Post, “We’ll come back in November. The question might be, will there be something then?”
Both sides are negotiating a $2trillion package that includes $1,200 stimulus checks, unemployment benefits, small business aid, state and local funding.
“The lame-duck agenda depends largely on the outcome of the election,” Ron Wyden, top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, told Bloomberg Tax.If no deal is reached on a new stimulus package by the election - American's won't see another check until DecemberCredit: Getty Images - Getty The proposed $2trillion stimulus package includes $1,200 stimulus checks, unemployment benefits, small business aid, state and local funding Credit: Getty Images - Getty
“If my choice wins – Vice President Joe Biden – it’s hard to see Mitch McConnell supporting another penny of stimulus.”
Last week, McConnell told Senate Republicans that he has warned President Donald Trump to not strike a deal with Pelosi before the election on a relief bill.
Despite McConnell’s warning, Pelosi said she’ll continue to work with the White House and McConnell, even if the Democrats win the election, because “people need help right away.”
The White House had initially proposed a $1.8trillion package, but House Speaker Pelosi rejected the bill saying it "wasn't passable."
“It wasn’t passable, it didn’t crush the virus, it didn’t do any of the things it was supposed to do,” she said last week.