Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Congress and the White House could come to an agreement on more economic relief measures, including direct stimulus payments, amid the CCP virus pandemic if Democrats are willing to negotiate.
“I think there is a compromise if the Democrats are willing to be reasonable. There is still a lot of things we need to do and that weve agreed on,” he said in a televised interview on Monday.
Mnuchin stressed that there is more room for compromise on a deal for more COVID-19 aid, adding that legislation should be passed to address the economic downturn. In the interview, he did not say when talks would resume.
“If we can get a fair deal, well do it this week,” he said.
Last week, negotiations between Mnuchin, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) collapsed. The main points of contention were the expanded unemployment benefits, liability protections, and funding for state and local governments.
It prompted President Donald Trump to take executive action on unemployment benefits, payroll taxes, evictions, and student loans. His Democratic critics said the executive orders did little to address some of the outstanding issues and provide relief for some Americans who have been hit hard during the pandemic, including food and housing insecurity.
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