Stimulus update: Pelosi, Mnuchin talking; McConnell plans vote on Monday

Pelosi, Mnuchin talk about stimulus bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke by phone Wednesday morning about moving forward on either one large stimulus bill or several small ones to help Americans and small businesses still struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic.

A spokesperson for Pelosi, D-California, said the talks had been “productive” but were still littered with issues that he called “major areas of disagreement.”

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Despite the slow movement of the talks, the spokesperson said he believed the talks would continue Thursday.

That announcement came a day after Pelosi had this exchange with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer over the stimulus talks:

President Donald Trump has said he wants Congress to quickly pass a bill that is over and above both bills submitted by the House and the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, has said the Senate will vote next week on a stand-alone relief bill that provides funding for small-business loans that would help keep people employed as some businesses struggle to get back on their feet.