Coronavirus relief negotiations have entered a “new phase,” as Trump administration officials and Democratic leaders look to cut a deal on another round of emergency aid in the next 48 hours, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Wednesday.
“I am optimistic,” Meadows said. “We do share one goal, and that is hopefully to get some kind of deal in the next 48 hours or so.”
Over the past 24 hours, Meadows said, negotiations have shifted toward crafting specific language for the legislation, so long as the two sides can agree upon a final spending number. The White House most recently proposed an aid package worth $1.8 trillion — its most expensive to-date — but President Trump indicated on Tuesday that he wanted a package with an even bigger price tag than Democrats’ $2.2 trillion offer.
“I can tell you that the negotiations have entered a new phase, which is more on the technical side of trying to get the language right if we can agree upon the numbers,” Meadows said. “We’re still apart. Still a number of issues to work on, but the last 24 hours have moved the ball down the field.”
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