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Progress seen in coronavirus relief talks — but still ‘a lot of work to do’

2020-08-02 08:58:11       source:Politico

August 1, 2020

White House officials and Democratic congressional leaders said they made progress during talks on a new coronavirus relief bill on Capitol Hill on Saturday, but both sides cautioned that an agreement is not imminent.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows huddled with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for more than three hours in Pelosi’s office. There will be more staff-level discussions on Sunday, with the principals set to meet again face-to-face on Monday.

“Well, this was the longest meeting we had, and it was more productive than the other meetings,” Schumer told reporters afterward. “There are many issues that are still very much outstanding, where we’re apart, but we had a serious discussion and we went down piece by piece and saw where each side is at.”

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