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Pelosi says she is still hoping to find “common ground,” but she has already given a 48-hour deadline to the administration if they want to get a relief package passed before the presidential election on November 3.
Pelosi told ABC’s ‘This Week’ earlier on Sunday that it “depends on the administration” whether a stimulus bill gets passed before the election, and they have 48 hours to come to an agreement.
Mentioning the same language issues in regards to committing to contact tracing and testing in her interview, Pelosi said of negotiating with White House officials, “with all due respect to some of the people in the president’s administration, they are not legislators.”
NEW: “We don’t have agreement in the language yet,” Speaker Pelosi says when asked if they are closer to reaching a deal on COVID-19 stimulus negotiations, adding, “we’re seeking clarity” because Trump administration officials are “not legislators.” https://t.co/P6iz1jjwYE pic.twitter.com/wYtJv3jIye
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) October 18, 2020
President Donald Trump has placed the blame of the failure of negotiations on Pelosi. During his town hall last week with NBC, Trump said he is “ready to sign” a bill, but Pelosi “doesn’t want to give the money.”
“The problem you have is Nancy Pelosi. She couldn’t care less about the worker. She couldn’t care less about our people,” he said, adding he believes the real reason she doesn’t want to pass anything is because “it’s bad for her election.”
“The fact is,” he added. “She’s wrong because people know she’s in our way, she’s not approving it.”
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