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Amid Stimulus Stalemate, Democrats Await ‘Substantive’ White House Response

Democrats are hoping for a response from the GOP to their updated HEROES Act on Wednesday as they aim to move beyond the stimulus package stalemate.



a person wearing a suit and tie: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and U.S. House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) take part in the signing of the Bill Enrollment For The Great American Outdoors Act on Capitol Hill on July 23, 2020. Democrats are awaiting the White House response to their updated HEROES Act.


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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and U.S. House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) take part in the signing of the Bill Enrollment For The Great American Outdoors Act on Capitol Hill on July 23, 2020. Democrats are awaiting the White House response to their updated HEROES Act.

An old version of the bill passed the House of Representatives in May, but was branded dead on arrival upon being sent to the Senate.

There have since been moves to secure a bipartisan agreement, though as yet they have been unsuccessful.

The Democrats have since altered the HEROES Act, bringing its cost down from $3.4 trillion to $2.2 trillion, with its price tag having been an issue for Republicans opposing it.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said it was hoped a “substantive response” would be provided to the updated act on Wednesday.

Speaking Tuesday, he said this would hopefully come by noon Wednesday, according to MarketWatch and Roll Call.

Talks between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin have been ongoing, though previous discussions between Democratic figureheads and White House representatives have failed to breach the impasse.

Pelosi said Tuesday she was “always optimistic” when asked if they were any closer to an agreement.

“Our conversation was a positive one,” she said when asked on MSNBC about talks with Mnuchin on Tuesday.

Asked if she was optimistic as to whether the updated HEROES Act could be voted through the House and then the Senate too, she said: “Well, we’re in a negotiation, and hopefully we’ll come to a bipartisan agreement that will remove all