U.S. President Donald Trump ordered to halt negotiations with the Democratic-led House of Representatives, but backtracked hours later.
For months now, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have been negotiating an agreement on another trillion-dollar-plus coronavirus relief deal. The House passed a $2.2 trillion bill last week, down from its earlier $3.5 trillion proposed package. Mnuchin had proposed a $1.6 trillion offer last week in response. The two sides remained at odds over how much state and local aid to include in an agreement, a source of disagreements for months, as well as other issues, reported the Wall Street Journal. Democrats have largely resisted passing piecemeal bills, pushing instead for an overall agreement.