Pelosi and Mnuchin discuss budget and economic aid package

Pelosi and Mnuchin discuss budget and economic aid package

The main stumbling block is protection from lawsuits by businesses that have been negligent about the coronavirus issue

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin discussed a budget bill designed to prevent a government shutdown and a new round of economic aid to deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic by phone Monday.

House Speaker Drew Hammill’s spokeswoman tweeted that Pelosi reiterated Democrats’ concerns about a provision protecting businesses that have been negligent about the coronavirus, which has infected customers and employees. Nancy Pelosi told Mnuchin that the remaining outstanding issues in the budget bill could easily be resolved. The phone conversation, according to Drew Hammill, lasted 22 minutes.

“Recognizing the need to come to a final agreement on both issues quickly and together this week, the Speaker of the House and Treasury secretary discussed the urgency for committees to complete their work,” Hammill said.