Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement following a phone call with Secretary Steven Mnuchin this afternoon on the status of talks on an omnibus appropriations bill and COVID relief:
“The Secretary and I spoke today on the omnibus and I laid out the bipartisan progress that Chairman Shelby and Chairwoman Lowey have made. I relayed my hope that the Administration would support this bipartisan path.
“On COVID relief, we acknowledged the recent positive developments on vaccine development and the belief that it is essential to significantly fund distribution efforts to get us from vaccine to vaccination. Any COVID proposal must ensure that the vaccine is a free and accessible to everyone.
“Secretary Mnuchin said he would be reviewing the proposal Leader Schumer and I made to Leader McConnell and Leader McCarthy last night and the bipartisan Senate proposal unveiled today. Additional COVID relief is long overdue and must be passed in this lame duck session.”
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