Democrats Eye Wednesday Vote On $2.2T COVID-19 Relief Bill

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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told rank-and-file Democrats on a conference call that he plans to bring the slimmed-down $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package to the floor Wednesday afternoon if no deal with the White House materializes before then, according to sources on the call.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are expected to talk again Wednesday afternoon, and both sides have hinted at progress in recent days, sparking some hopes that an eleventh-hour agreement will emerge after two months of stalled negotiations.

On the call, Hoyer, who controls the floor schedule, also told lawmakers to keep their schedules flexible on Thursday and Friday, suggesting Democratic leaders believe they are close to a breakthrough.

“They believe a deal is within reach,” said one Democratic lawmaker on the conference call.

Read more at The Hill.



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