Pelosi rejects Trump COVID-19 aid offer, dimming hopes of quick deal

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected President Donald ’s latest offer stimulus , the latest sign that a bipartisan deal coronavirus relief remains unlikely ahead of the November election.

a letter to colleagues, Pelosi laid out what Democrats view as the shortcomings of a $1.8 trillion White House stimulus proposal that has also met resistance from Republicans the U.S. Senate who say it is too large.

“Tragically, the proposal falls significantly short of what this pandemic and deep recession demand,” Pelosi said. She also described the offer made last week by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin as “one step forward, two steps back.”

But Pelosi said she remained hopeful for a deal and appeared to leave the door open to further talks with Mnuchin: “Significant changes must be made to remedy the proposal’s deficiencies. Updates will continue.”

The letter made it clear that Democrats view the White House offer as deficient and local government aid, testing and tracing, rental assistance, worker safety, child care, relief for small employers and other areas.

only his name a check to go out before Election Day and for the to go ,” the Democrat wrote. “’s attitude is shameful, when the need for immediate and meaningful action could be more urgent.”

House Democrats formally received the latest White House offer over the weekend, Pelosi said, days after Trump withdrew from negotiations and then decided to resume talks.

With their latest proposal facing resistance from both Democrats and Republicans, officials on Sunday called on to pass a stripped-down stimulus bill.