A combative meeting Wednesday involving top Capitol Hill Democrats and the postmaster general and a souring tone from both sides indicate that a long slog remains, and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows threatened afterward that President Donald Trump is exploring options to use executive authority to extend a partial eviction ban and address unemployment benefits. After some movement Tuesday in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's direction on aid to states and local governments and unemployment insurance benefits, Wednesday's session offered no breakthroughs or major progress, participants said afterward.
Wednesday's talks on a coronavirus relief package produced progress, but no major breakthroughs.The state of the talks: Entering Wednesday's negotiations, the two sides were still far apart on a host of issues even as they had agreed to try to strike a deal by the end of the week. Appearing on MSNBC, Pelosi shied away from saying the parties could finalize an agreement in that timeframe. "I am confident that we will have an agreement, the timing of it I can't say. Because I don't know. It just depends."Her tune hadn't changed much after another afternoon negotiating session: "I feel optimistic that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but how long that tunnel is remains to be seen,"...
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she feels optimistic that lawmakers can reach a deal on another round of aid meant to blunt the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, after meeting with members of President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday. Pelosi and fellow Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer told reporters after the meeting that they are determined to pass a broad bill that addresses many pressing public needs during the disease outbreak. Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, said that members of his party will stay in Washington as long as it takes to reach a deal.
The White House's lead negotiators said they might halt talks on a stimulus package if a deal is not reached by Friday.