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Pelosi:COVID-19 relief talks with White House remain at impasse

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Added On October 12, 2020

 U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that negotiations with the White House over a new COVID-19 relief package remained at an impasse.

 
News hour has more.
 
Pelosi wrote in a letter to her Democratic colleagues on Sunday, quote, "This past week, the President demonstrated very clearly that he has not taken the war against the virus seriously, personally or nationally. This attitude is reflected in the grossly inadequate response we finally received from the Administration on Saturday." 
 
Pelosi noted, in terms of addressing testing, tracing and treatment, what the Trump Administration has offered is wholly insufficient, adding that they remain at an impasse until these serious issues are resolved. 
 
In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Trump blamed Pelosi for a lack of progress on the relief package. 
 
According to The Washington Post, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asked lawmakers to first pass legislation allowing the administration to redirect about 130 billion U.S. dollars in unused funding from the Paycheck Protection Program intended for small businesses while negotiations continue on a broader relief package.
 
The report said the administration's latest request is unlikely to advance in the Democrats-controlled House, where Pelosi has rejected stand-alone legislation in favor of a comprehensive package to address the economic and health consequences of the pandemic.
 
It is not clear whether congressional lawmakers and the Trump administration could bridge their differences and reach an agreement on the relief package before the presidential election on Nov. 3.