Mnuchin 'open' to talks with Pelosi on Dems' $2.2trillion stimulus package that would get Americans a new $1,200 checks
TREASURY Secretary Steven Mnuchin is reportedly set to "open" talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the Democrat Party's $2.2trillion stimulus package.
Mnuchin and Pelosi spoke on Monday evening about the looming economic relief legislation that would get Americans another round of $1,200 checks.
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill tweeted shortly after the conversation took place.
He wrote to Twitter: "Speaker Pelosi and Secretary Mnuchin spoke at 6:30 p.m. tonight via phone after House Democrats introduced an updated version of the Heroes Act.
"The two agreed to speak again tomorrow morning."
According to The Washington Post, Hammill said Mnuchin is open for discussions.
That payroll support program – which will expire on September 30 – would be extended by the Dems' bill.
The United States Department of Treasury has said: "Section 4112 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) authorizes the Treasury Department to provide up to $32 billion to compensate aviation industry workers and preserve jobs."
If the act is extended, the package would allow each taxpayer to receive another $1,200 coronavirus stimulus check.
Dependents of all ages would also be given $500.
The bill would include a renewed $600 a week of federal unemployment payments until the end of January.
It would also include $75billion for coronavirus testing and tracing.
“This evening, Democrats are unveiling an updated Heroes Act that serves as our proffer to Republicans to come to negotiations to address the health and economic catastrophe in our country,” Pelosi told her colleagues in a letter on Monday.
“Democrats are making good on our promise to compromise with this updated bill, which is necessary to address the immediate health and economic crisis facing America’s working families right now."
The updated plan has been dubbed the HEROES 2.0 Act.
Speaking on MSNBC on Monday Pelosi said: "I think we can find our common ground … but he has to come back with much more money to get the job done.
"So, I’m hopeful. I’m optimistic.”
Pelosi and Mnuchin also said on Sunday that there could be a deal for a new stimulus relief package before the October recess.
In an interview with CNN's State of the Union, Pelosi revealed that she believes there is "a chance to get something done."
If a deal is agreed upon and the House passes it by October 2, for instance, Americans could potentially get the second stimulus check as early as October 12.
Last week, Mnuchin said he and Pelosi plan to "continue to have discussions" and have worked some things out regarding the stimulus package.
"When I have a conversation with the administration it is in good faith," Pelosi said.
"I trust Secretary Mnuchin to represent something that can reach a solution and I believe we can come to an agreement."
Last Thursday, Pelosi reportedly called on Democratic leaders to assemble a new coronavirus stimulus bill.
The bill will hopefully "include stimulus checks, aid for airlines, small businesses, cities and states, as well as rental assistance, unemployment assistance and funds for election security and the U.S. Postal Service."
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