The House of Representatives on Thursday initially approved a proposal for a $ 2.2 trillion new series of stimulus checks. This proposal was put forward by the Democrats, but the parties failed to come to a two-way deal on the issue.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are continuing talks in an effort to reach an agreement. In the meantime, the proposal is supported by a vote with a final result of 214-207. Eighteen Democrats decided to vote against the bill, while Republicans rallied in opposition.
The Democratic plan was previously dismissed by Republicans as too costly and is not expected to be passed by the GOP-led Senate. And the time for a bipartisan agreement that could have been signed into law before election day is quickly running out.
Pelosi stressed that the central question is not so much whether they can reach an agreement in principle, but whether they can capture factual details in the language of legislation. “Even if we come to some kind of agreement, nothing will be accepted until everything is agreed,” Pelosi said.