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Pelosi, Trump trade blame on COVID-19 stimulus talks; Senate Republicans on sidelines

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By Susan Cornwell and Susan Heavey

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday it still was possible to get another round of COVID-19 aid before the Nov 3 election, but that it was up to President Donald Trump to act, including bringing along reluctant Senate Republicans.

Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin countered that Pelosi must compromise to get an aid package, saying significant differences remained between the Republican administration and Democrats.

"Now we're talking and we'll see what happens but at this moment I would say that I actually think Nancy would rather wait'til after the election," Trump told reporters in an Oval Office appearance together with Mnuchin.

"If she wants to compromise, there will be a deal," Mnuchin said.

Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, was expected to resume negotiations at some point with Mnuchin, as the two sides try to reach a deal that could be worth around $2 trillion before the presidential and congressional election.

But Senate Republicans are skeptical of a possible deal costing trillions of dollars. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in Congress, does not want to bring a large bill to the Senate floor before the election,

Congress has already appropriated $3 trillion in relief, including money for the unemployed and for small businesses. But no money has gone out the door since the spring, and members of both parties say more is needed now.

Pelosi, in an interview on MSNBC, said differences could still be resolved.

"We could do that before the election if the president wants to," she said. "He (Trump) has to talk to the Senate Republicans."

At the White House, Mnuchin said there had been lots of progress but "significant differences remained" between himself and Pelosi, while Trump reiterated that he did not support more federal financial aid for U.S. states and cities run by Democrats.

"She wants to bail out poorly run Democrat states - they're poorly run both in terms of crime and in terms of economics. And we just don't want that. We want COVID related," Trump said.

The speaker and Mnuchin did not talk on Thursday. She told reporters Thursday she was waiting to receive some guidance on outstanding issues from chairs of congressional committees.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told Fox Business Network on Friday that Republicans who lead the relevant committees in the U.S. Senate and their Democratic counterparts who lead U.S. House panels were continuing to talk.

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"Trade blame"...

Of course, that's all that happens in Washington.

The Dems just stall, argue, stonewall, accuse... ad infinitum.

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The Dems just stall, argue, stonewall, accuse... ad infinitum.

Yeah because they have the real power. The senate, the President, they can’t really do anything. Nancy runs the whole show, right?

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The tensions between the Republican's backing Wall Street and the Democrats showing a bit of concern for Main Street have long been a reality.

That Wall Street has profited from the Trump admin throughout the continuing spread of Covid45 while Main Street has suffered is another example of how terrible the Trump years have been for the general population.

Can anyone provide a link showing how much bailout money (i.e. welfare/socialism for the rich) Trump/Mnuchin/McConnnell have given to the big corporations, their 'elite' owners and far right think tanks, and how much of that bailout money has been kicked back to Republican election campaigns?

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Republican freeloaders are worse than socialist, begging for government money

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stimulus talks

The best stimulus will be Trump getting re-elected and moving the economy foward.

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The tensions between the Republican's backing Wall Street

Looking at Hunter’s computer it would seem like the Dems are more in bed with the Chinese, so that’s better? No wonder the richest elite liberals think we should have good relations with China.

and the Democrats showing a bit of concern for Main Street have long been a reality. 

We now know why....

That Wall Street has profited from the Trump admin throughout the continuing spread of Covid45 while Main Street has suffered is another example of how terrible the Trump years have been for the general population.

Then take to the streets and tell these Democrat governors and mayors NO MORE! Open the State, open these cities and let us work and let our kids go back to school! Demand it!

Can anyone provide a link showing how much bailout money (i.e. welfare/socialism for the rich) Trump/Mnuchin/McConnnell have given to the big corporations,

Probably not nearly as much as liberals have given to the Chinese. Cuban, Gates, Cook, NBA, Disney, Twitter, Facebook, why liberals hate America and want to give to our adversary?!

their 'elite' owners and far right think tanks, and how much of that bailout money has been kicked back to Republican election campaigns?

Not nearly as much as what Soros has given to left wing think tanks to overturn this election and give Dems a huge financial boost.

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Republican freeloaders are worse than socialist, begging for government money

What? That just made No sense!

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One must be willfully ignorant not to see corporate welfare/socialism is for the rich and the rest get rugged capitalism but here is some background if you need it.

https://inthesetimes.com/article/outrageous-corporate-welfare-coronavirus-bailout

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Then take to the streets

This doesn't add up. Aren't you against protests?

Not nearly as much as what Soros has given to left wing think tanks to overturn this election and give Dems a huge financial boost.

How much has he given & which left wing think tanks? Specifics, please.

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