The White House on Tuesday tamped down expectations for a major coronavirus relief package to be agreed upon by the Nov. 3 US presidential election, saying House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi used to be seeking too much.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the proposal from Pelosi’s Democrats included stimulus checks for immigrants who are in the US illicitly.
“The chances are high that slim when you’ve got someone like Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, when you look at the proposal they put forward and it still stands today,” McEnany said on Fox Commerce Network.
“This isn’t serious whether we’re providing stimulus relief for the American people, it will have to be just that, for American people, for US citizens,” McEnany added. “So it’s on her.”
The HEROES Act passed by the House would allow taxpaying immigrants to get emergency relief funds.
Earlier, White House spokeswoman Alyssah Farah had looked beyond the next Tuesday’s presidential and congressional elections, telling Fox News: “We’re self-assured that we will get something in the coming weeks.”
President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans have been at odds with Democratic lawmakers over the need for an extra federal relief package for Americans hurt economically by the pandemic.
The House passed its latest plan in May, but Republicans, who lead the United States Senate, balked at its size.
Trump himself supports another major relief package but he and Pelosi have been unable to succeed in a deal.
The White House has said aid to state and native governments has been the main sticking point in the talks, while Democrats also cite the lack of a national coronavirus testing plan.
On Monday, Pelosi’s spokesman said she used to be hopeful an agreement could be reached before the elections.
The US faces a resurgence of cases of the novel coronavirus, and 36 out of 50 US states have seen an increase for no less than two weeks in a row, according to the Reuters analysis. Deaths from the respiratory disease have also more than doubled in seven states.