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Pelosi says White House rejecting Democrats' COVID-19 testing plan

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By Doina Chiacu

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Monday the White House has refused to sign on to Democratic lawmakers' plan for a national coronavirus testing strategy, despite earlier public statements to the contrary by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

Pelosi's assessment of what she sees as Trump administration failures in handling the pandemic came as negotiations between Democratic lawmakers and the White House drag on with only a week to go before the Nov 3 presidential election.

"Today, we are waiting for an important response on several concerns, including on action to crush the virus," Pelosi wrote in a letter to colleagues. "Ten days after Secretary Mnuchin went on CNBC to declare that he was accepting our testing plan, the administration still refuses to do so."

Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, has been negotiating with Mnuchin to try to reach agreement before the presidential and congressional elections on an aid package that could be worth around $2 trillion.

Congressional committees and staff worked on a possible deal over the weekend.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said talks have slowed but were continuing on Monday.

Mnuchin will get reports from the leaders of congressional committees that have been working on an agreement and he may also talk to Pelosi, Kudlow told reporters at the White House.

"The talks continue. They will continue today," Kudlow said.

"There are still a number of areas in her plan that the president cannot accept, just can't accept it," Kudlow said of Pelosi. "I will also say, there are a number of targeted areas that we really think would help the economy."

Pelosi and President Donald Trump have been trading accusations for days about who needed to act in order to cement another round of COVID-19 aid before Election Day, with Trump's fellow Senate Republicans off to the sidelines.

Sticking points remain around aid for state and local governments grappling with the devastating economic fallout of the pandemic and provisions around immigration and healthcare, Kudlow said.

Kudlow would not speculate on chances for a deal before the election. "I am not here to be either optimistic or pessimistic," he said.

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despite earlier public statements to the contrary by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

Mnuchin is a Trump appointee. Like Trump and all others Trump's stocked the DC swamp with nothing he says can be believed.

Trump is the most dishonest politician in US history leading the most dishonest administration ever.

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Like Trump and all others Trump's stocked the DC swamp with nothing he says can be believed. 

Apparently, you have not seen Biden’s 47 year history in politics.

Trump is the most dishonest politician in US history leading the most dishonest administration ever.

Not true, that would be the last administration, not a smidgen of corruption we were supposed to believe....boy were we wrong.

Trump’s COVID pledge to fight this virus

Extra $5 billion to all Medicare & Medicaid-supported nursing homes

Surging rapid testing & PPE to care facilities

Putting seniors first in line for COVID-19 vaccine

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Apparently, you have not seen Biden’s 47 year history in politics.

Irrelevant to Trump and his people lacking credibility.

Not true, that would be the last administration, not a smidgen of corruption we were supposed to believe....boy were we wrong.

ODS.

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Irrelevant to Trump and his people lacking credibility

We say the same about Biden and the democrats

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the Dem testing plan obviously has things in it that have nothing to do with COVID or testing.

Those will not be approved.

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We say the same about Biden and the democrats

Olay, but that’s irrelevant to Trump and his people lacking credibility.

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the Dem testing plan obviously has things in it that have nothing to do with COVID or testing.

Source, or are you just reading minds again?

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Olay, but that’s irrelevant to Trump and his people lacking credibility

it’s relevant, we have a two party system, so one side will criticize Trump and the other side and a lot of us will criticize the Biden side as well as the Democrat side and historical facts about their lack of credibility

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it’s relevant, we have a two party system, so one side will criticize Trump and the other side and a lot of us will criticize the Biden side as well as the Democrat side and historical facts about their lack of credibility

Okay, but this is irrelevant to Trump and his people lacking credibility.

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As well as the Democrats lacking credibility and that showed up again in Biden’s fracking walk back.

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Trump is the most dishonest politician in US history

That would be Biden. More evidence is coming to light as we speak in spite of the media's attempts to suppress it.

And Trump, though he is president, is not a politician in the real sense. The main reason why he was elected. Americans are sick of swamp politicians like Biden and Harris.

Trump 2020 landslide, Baby!

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