Pelosi reports progress in talks on coronavirus relief package

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US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she and the Trump administration have made some progress in negotiating a second round of bailout over the coronavirus pandemic.

In a televised interview on Monday, Pelosi said she and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had resolved some of their differences in an hour-long phone call earlier that day.

The administration has finally come to a point where they are ready to reach an agreement, she said, and that the parties will talk again on Tuesday to determine each other’s positions.

“Let’s make a decision,” Pelosi said on MSNBC. “We may not like one moment or the other, but let’s see in general if we can move on.”

Pelosi said Tuesday will be the last day to try to reach an agreement with the Trump administration ahead of the presidential and congressional elections, which will take place just two weeks later, on November 3.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized Pelosi for an all-or-nothing approach to the new coronavirus relief package, saying she “needs to stop playing the role of Marie Antoinette,” an 18th century French queen known for her expansiveness.

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