In a 36-minute call Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed that they would avoid a government shutdown and seek a “clean” emergency funding plan with no foreign intervention, according to a source on the Call has been informed.
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Sources familiar with the matter told CNN that Democratic leaders are discussing proposing a rolling resolution that would expire in mid-March. This would potentially allow a President Biden and Senate Democrats to play a major role in the government’s next round of funding soon after they take office, assuming their party wins this fall.
A senior Democratic adviser told CNN that the party leadership had not had in-depth discussions about the length of the stopgap and “no decisions were made”.
Financing legislation negotiations have not yet started in earnest as both sides are still fighting over an economic recovery plan. Pelosi has proposed cutting their price for a new stimulus plan to $ 2.2 trillion – but this has been rejected by White House and GOP leaders.
Once the GOP stimulus plan comes to a standstill in the Senate, talks about government funding will inevitably intensify and likely focus on the length of the stopgap and whether it should include economic relief such as an increase in unemployment benefits, aid to schools, and rent support for people who are about to be evacuated – or if they should be free of these items.
Both sides insist they do not want the government shut down and hope that a deal can be reached to keep funding the agencies up before running out of money on October 1st.
“House Democrats are in favor of a clean, ongoing solution,” said Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill on Thursday.
But both sides also clearly acknowledge that it is unclear what a deal will look like and that the talks are bound to get fierce.
When asked, before the Senate adjourned the August break, whether it was concerned about the government shutdown in the fall, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell told CNN, “No.”