Pelosi and Mnuchin make one final attempt at Covid talks before elections

Pelosi and Mnuchin make one final attempt at Covid talks before elections

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are making one final attempt at striking an agreement on a massive coronavirus relief deal on Monday night, even as House Democrats race ahead with their own partisan stimulus package lacking GOP support.

Pelosi and Mnuchin spoke Monday evening, according to Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s spokesman, and they plan to speak again Tuesday morning. If no agreement seems likely — and it hasn’t been despite months of on-and-off negotiations — Pelosi and House Democratic leaders will hold a vote on their own $2.2 trillion bill as soon as Wednesday and then go home, guaranteeing that Congress won’t send more help until after Election Day, said the sources.

But the release of the Democrats’ bill text, just minutes before Pelosi and Mnuchin planned to speak, signaled to many that negotiations had failed, though neither side is eager to claim responsibility for breaking them off.

Top Democrats spent much of the weekend and Monday finalizing the roughly 2,152-page bill before releasing it Monday evening. A vote could happen as soon as Wednesday, though nothing has been scheduled and lawmakers and aides warned that timeline could easily slip.

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