House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, after speaking with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Tuesday morning about the House Democrats' latest coronavirus bill offer, said she's "always optimistic" that an agreement can be reached.
"In our legislation, our important goal is to crush the virus, crush the virus so that we can open our economy, children can go to school in a much safer way, to protect our heroes, and to put money in the pockets of the American people," the California Democrat said on MSNBC.
On Monday, Democrats unveiled a $2.2 trillion relief package, scaling back the $3.4 trillion bill that Pelosi and Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer had been seeking.
"There were three main pillars of the HEROES Act and they continue to be three main pillars of our reduced package," said Pelosi. "When we reduced it, we didn't take out priorities, we reduced the timeline as to how long those benefits would last."
She added that she and Mnuchin had a "positive" conversation and plan to meet again on Wednesday to discuss how they can reach a bipartisan agreement that "will remove all doubt that the legislation will pass and be signed by the president."
The Democrats' new bill reinstates the $600 extra unemployment benefits and stimulus checks.
"We're talking about the financial security of America's working family, which, by the way, all stimulates the economy," said Pelosi.
Pelosi also Tuesday responded to The New York Times' expose on President Donald Trump's taxes and debts and said she's concerned that the reports that $400 million in loans coming due soon could mean he poses a national security risk.
"It's not just a question of who he owes the money to; it's a question of how he's going to get the money to pay it back," said Pelosi. "I've had my own concerns about the Russian connection because the president has looked the other way or done bad things in terms of our commitment to NATO, what he's done in Syria, Ukraine, across the board, ignoring the Russian interference into our elections, undermining the security and the integrity of our elections. What is this about? Where does the president intend to get this money?"
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