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Pelosi, citing 'leverage' over Trump, holds strong to $2.2T in COVID-19 aid

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiLatest Mnuchin-Pelosi call produces 'encouraging news on testing' for stimulus package McConnell details 0 billion COVID-19 bill set for Wednesday vote Graham: Congress should go 'big and smart' on COVID-19 package MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday shot down entreaties from some Democrats to cut a $1.8 trillion deal with the White House on coronavirus relief, arguing that President TrumpDonald John TrumpLatest Mnuchin-Pelosi call produces 'encouraging news on testing' for stimulus package China warns it will detain American nationals following DOJ prosecution of Chinese scholars: report Musician John Fogerty issues cease and desist over Trump use of 'Fortunate Son' MORE王中王精选一肖一码's pleas for Congress to "go big" have given her leverage to hold out for more aid. 

"I appreciate the, shall we say, a couple people saying, ‘Take it, take it, take it,’" Pelosi said in a phone conference with Democrats, according to source on the call. "Take it? Take it? Even the president is saying, ‘Go big or go home.’"

Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinLatest Mnuchin-Pelosi call produces 'encouraging news on testing' for stimulus package McConnell details 0 billion COVID-19 bill set for Wednesday vote Pelosi defends not speaking to Trump for an entire year MORE have been in near-daily talks in search of an elusive stimulus agreement, even as the prospect of a deal before the Nov. 3 elections has grown dimmer by the day.

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Mnuchin last week had offered a $1.8 trillion package, up from an earlier proposal of $1.6 trillion, prompting a growing number of House Democrats to urge the Speaker to come down from her $2.2 trillion proposal, which the House approved on Oct. 1. That figure was already a reduction from the Democrats' $3.4 trillion HEROES Act, passed by the House in May.  

Most of those pleas have come from the Democrats' moderate wing, particularly from vulnerable lawmakers facing tough reelections next month. Yet even a few liberals have emerged in recent days to press Pelosi to accept the White House's latest offer. 

"Dems can’t wait for the perfect deal," Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaOvernight Defense: Pentagon IG to audit use of COVID-19 funds on contractors | Dems optimistic on blocking Trump's Germany withdrawal | Obama slams Trump on foreign policy Watchdog to audit Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds on defense contractors The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Barrett touts independence to sidestep confirmation questions MORE王中王精选一肖一码 (D-Calif.), a prominent member of the Progressive Caucus, tweeted Tuesday. "We have a moral obligation to get folks relief, now."

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Yet Trump has fueled the notion that a larger relief package is both preferable and possible this month, urging Congress multiple times in recent days to seek a package even larger than both parties have proposed. 

"STIMULUS! Go big or go home!!!" he tweeted Tuesday morning.

That message runs counter to the statements coming from Republicans on Capitol Hill, particularly in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLatest Mnuchin-Pelosi call produces 'encouraging news on testing' for stimulus package Washington flooded with Women's March protesters ahead of Barrett confirmation vote McConnell details 0 billion COVID-19 bill set for Wednesday vote MORE王中王精选一肖一码 (R-Ky.) had introduced a $1.1 trillion package last month, only to face a revolt from conservatives opposed to a figure they deemed far too high. In response, McConnell brought a much smaller $300 billion package to the floor, where it was promptly blocked by Democrats.

McConnell on Tuesday announced that the Senate will vote next week on a "targeted" coronavirus stimulus, including new funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) providing relief to small businesses struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic.

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"The American people need Democrats to stop blocking bipartisan funding and let us replenish the PPP before more Americans lose their jobs needlessly,” McConnell said in a statement.

王中王精选一肖一码Trump, who has largely remained on the sidelines of the Pelosi-Mnuchin talks, quickly undermined McConnell's piecemeal approach in urging Congress to tackle a larger deal.

The president is also trailing Joe BidenJoe BidenConservatives seize on New York Post story to push Section 230 reform Trump wishes Harris 'the best' after aide tests positive for COVID-19 Pennsylvania rejects 372K mail-in ballot applications following primary confusion: report MORE in the polls, and seems increasingly eager to secure a big legislative victory before Nov. 3.

王中王精选一肖一码Against that backdrop, Pelosi seems to smell blood. While expressing hope that an agreement is still possible, she's holding firm to her $2.2 trillion demand. 

王中王精选一肖一码"We really need to have an agreement, but we cannot have an agreement by just folding," she told her caucus. "I don’t think our leverage has ever been greater than it is now.”

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