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White House Encouraged for Narrow CCP Virus Relief Deal, Meadows Says

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters that the Democrats bill to fund the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) may suggest that negotiators are willing to approve a CCP virus relief package.

Meadows, a former Republican congressman, said on Aug. 19 that hes optimistic that the USPS measure soon to be taken up by the House is a sign that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would warm to passing a series of smaller bills to offset economic damage caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. They are slated to vote on the Postal Service bill on Aug. 22.

“Lets add in the things that we can agree upon, perhaps funding for schools, [Paycheck Protection Program], maybe the stimulus checks,” he told reporters. “If thats indicative of what Speaker Pelosi might bring to the floor, Im encouraged.”

Talks between Pelosi, Meadows, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have largely stalled over a broader pandemic deal. Pelosi has expressed an unwillingness to pass stimulus legislation in a “piecemeal” manner, but on Aug. 18, she suggested that Democrats are willing to pare their $3.4 trillion HEROES Act to come to a deal.

“We have to try to come to that agreement now,” Pelosi said in an interview with Politico. “Were willing to cut our bill in half to meet the needs right now. Well take it up again in January. Well see them again in January. But for now, we can cut the bill in half.”

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), speaks to reporters following a meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows as they continue to negotiate a CCP virus relief package in Washington on Aug. 7, 2020. (Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)

Republicans in late July offered a $1 trillion bill known as the HEALS Act. Notably, the measure would omit funding for state and local governments, while the Democrats HEROES Act included nearly $1 trillion in funding for those localities.

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