Democrats and Republicans are excited after Tuesday’s private talks between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy.
“I’m hopeful that we will be able to complete an understanding soon,” McConnell told reporters that there has been “significant progress”.
McCarthy similarly assessed the confidence, saying, “I think it’s going well.”
“It’s getting closer,” Schumer said when asked by CNN with an expectation from top Republicans that a deal was on hand.
“We are exchanging paper back and forth and hopefully we can come to an agreement soon,” Schumer said. “I think there is a real desire for any agreement to be reached by all four parties.”
Hill leaders held talks after the official unveiling of the legislative text earlier this week on a potential Kovid stimulus plan proposed by the bilateral coalition aimed at finding a common ground in the deeply divided Congress.
Instead of putting together a single legislative package, the bilateral coalition split their proposal into two bills, one dealing with the tedious issues of state and local aid and responsible defenses, the other focusing on terms that were expected to win broader bilateral support.
The consensus bill proposed by the Bilateral Coalition would serve as a ready-made starting point for those who put that issue aside and more widely agree on responsible protections on Kovid mitigation.