Stimulus Package: Pelosi Rejects $1.8 Trillion Proposal


U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Will there be a second COVID-19 stimulus relief plan? The chances for it diminished on October 10, when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected a $1.8 trillion counter offer from the White House, and Senate Republicans sharply criticized the proposal.

Millions of Americans could use a second COVID-19 stimulus check, which is just one of the provisions being held up by the failure of Republicans and Democrats to reach agreement on an overall plan. Many other things are included in the plan, such as small business grants, extended unemployment checks, and aid to state and local governments.

President Donald Trump tweeted this on Oct. 7: “If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy?” Pelosi didn’t embrace that approach either. The White

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Campaigns spar over debate plan after Trump rejects virtual faceoff

A quick series of conversations between ABC News and the Biden campaign led to the network’s announcement of a town hall in Philadelphia with Biden next Thursday, to be moderated by anchor George Stephanopoulos. The debate commission — whose leaders were still en route back to Washington from Wednesday’s vice presidential debate in Utah — did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The move by Biden’s team effectively ended the possibility of the second official debate’s going forward as planned, and it appeared to lock Trump into the position he had taken early Thursday to shun the virtual forum proposed by the debate commission.

Trump, whose recent contraction of the coronavirus was a significant impetus for the commission to modify its plans, had immediately dismissed the idea of a remote debate as “ridiculous” and accused the commission without evidence of seeking to protect his Democratic opponent.

“No, I’m not

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Biden campaign wants one debate delay and rejects Trump proposal to reschedule third debate

The campaigns for President Trump and Joe Biden both called on the Commission on Presidential Debates to postpone the next scheduled debate by a week after the president said that he would not participate in a virtual version of the event.

But Biden campaign rejected the Trump team’s proposal reschedule the third and final presidential debate, indicating that Biden will one agree to face off against Trump one more time.

Both called for the Oct. 15 town hall-style debate to take place on Oct. 22 — the date of the third and final scheduled one-on-one debate slated to take place in Nashville, Tennessee. But Trump’s campaign also called for the Oct. 22 debate to also be pushed back a week, to Oct. 29.

Top Biden aide Kate Bedingfield rejected that proposal.

“Donald Trump doesn’t make the debate schedule; the Debate Commission does,” she said in a statement on Thursday.

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