The House of Representatives delayed a vote Wednesday night on the Update Heroes Act to allow more time for talks between House Speaker Representative Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Menuchin. The two will meet again on Thursday in an effort to find more common ground and a way to pass the next round of incentive aid. Democrats now plan to vote on the proposal on Thursday, allowing about 24 hours for a bipartisan deal. “We have to see. If we have an agreement, we are going to pass that agreement, then we are doing until after the election, ”House Majority Leader Stanny Hoyer said today.
There was cautious optimism as to the conversations that were raised again this week. After a 50-minute phone discussion yesterday, Pelosi and Mnuchin held a 90-minute one-man meeting today. While both emerged from the meeting without any agreement, both expressed a desire to continue negotiations. “We’re about to go back and do a little more work again,” Mnuchin told reporters. “I think we have made a lot of progress in a lot of areas.” Pelosi was more measured in his comments, stating that the two “found areas where we are seeking further clarification,” and that “our conversation will continue.”
Pelosi traveled to Mnuchin on Tuesday through a $ 2.2 trillion Heroes Act proposal. The updated Heroes Act proposal cut $ 1.2 trillion from the original Heroes Act passed in May. To reduce the overall cost of the bill, Democrats cut some provisions, such as hazardous salaries, and also changed the timing of some benefit areas, such as temporarily giving the state only one year instead of two years And unloading caps on local tax deductions.
Going into Wednesday’s session, Mnuchin said there was a common ground ground in many areas between the White House and House Democrats, such as a second incentive check, assistance to airlines and their employees, and small business loans; However, there was still a lack of agreement about additional assistance for states and cities, as well as liability protection for businesses. After Hoodling with President Trump and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Mnuchin said “The president has instructed us to come significantly, so we have come through a trillion dollar deal.”
Pelosi had originally indicated that House Democrats would go ahead with a floor vote on the updated Heroes Act on Wednesday night. “We will go ahead with our vote tonight. . . To formalize our professor for the Republicans in talks to overcome the health and economic catastrophe in our country, ”she said in her statement. However, with the negotiations looking fruitful, Democrats have decided to delay a floor vote to allow additional time for bipartisan talks between Pelosi and Mannuchin.
Even if Pelosi and Mnuchin reach an agreement, they will need to convince Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans to take the new bill. Senate Republicans had lowered the cost of their proposed bill, after originally offering the $ 1 trillion Heels Act only to proceed to a vote on a slim bill that came in at about $ 300 billion. Given the $ 2.2 trillion Updated Heroes Act and the fact that Machuchin was expected to contest a package worth close to $ 1.5 trillion, the gap with Senate Republicans is large.
McConnell said asking Senate Republicans to approve up to $ 2.2 trillion is “outrageous.” “It is safe to say that we are far away,” he told reporters. His sentiment was reinforced by Senator John Thun, who said that a bill over $ 1 trillion would be a risk to the GOP piecemeal. “As the price rises, the Republican vote total goes down,” he said.
Scholars between the White House and Senate Republicans have noted McConnell’s painstaking effort to project unity over the past few months. “We are basically evaluating what we have already done. I am in constant communication with the White House and if we decide to move forward, we will move forward in May.” “The President and Senate Republicans are going to be the same place.” she added.
To date, this cannot happen.