Don't start making plans to spend your next coronavirus relief check just yet... Although the House approved a new $2.2 trillion relief bill on Thursday, the Senate's Republican majority leader says it won't likely make it to the White House.
The measure passed with a final tally of 214-207. Eighteen Democrats, and all Republicans, voted in opposition.
Mitch McConnell, who's previously said he wouldn't support relief legislation that costs more than $2 trillion, is sticking to his guns, saying, "The thought that Senate Republicans would go up to $2.2 trillion is outlandish."
Responding to McConnell's comments, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said the issue isn't over "a stark difference of dollars, but of values."
"Even if we came to some agreement, nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to. It's the language," she added.
Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany says the administration has offered to consider a $1.6 trillion proposal, but Pelosi "is not interested." She continues, "Nancy Pelosi is not being serious. If she becomes serious, then we can have a discussion here..."
“The principle negotiation is between the president and the speaker of the House. If they can reach an agreement, I’ll take a look at it and see whether I can sell that to Senate Republicans,” McConnell said.
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