Vice President Mike Pence told CNBC on Friday that the Trump administration has reached an agreement with Congress on a continuing resolution to fund the government through September.
"The agreement reached this week by the treasury secretary and our negotiations team to have a continuing resolution, to continue to fund the government when the fiscal year runs out at the end of this month, means that now we can focus just on another relief bill, and we're continuing to do that in good faith," Pence told “Squawk on the Street” on Friday.
The vice president appears to have been referring to a phone call between Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that took place on Tuesday. CNN reports that the two agreed to negotiate a “clean” stopgap funding plan without any additional measures to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month.
Pence went on to criticize Democrats for requesting about $900 billion in coronavirus relief for various state and local governments, as opposed to the $150 billion offered by the Trump administration.
“We’re not going to allow Democrats in Congress to use a coronavirus relief bill to bail out poorly run Democratic states,” the vice president said.
He also implied that another round of stimulus checks could be coming, noting that “nobody wants to give direct payments to American families more than [President] Donald Trump again.”
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