Nancy Pelosi sets 48 HOUR deadline on the White House for coronavirus funding

Nancy Pelosi gave the White House a 48-hour deadline to resolve the contentious COVID-19 relief negotiations, which have become increasingly rooted in partisanship.

Discussions over federal aid have pulled Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill into an ongoing, back-and-forth battle over the next deal's provisions.

But on Saturday evening, the House Speaker's office revealed that Pelosi had an hour-long conversation with Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin via phone call.

It's unclear what stands to happen if the deadline, set for Monday, is not met.

Pictured; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Pictured: Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (left) and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin (right) had an hour-long conversation on Saturday regarding COVID-19 relief aid 

'The Speaker and Secretary Mnuchin spoke at 7:40 p.m. by phone tonight for just over an hour,' wrote Drew Hammill, Pelosi's Chief of Staff, wrote on Twitter. 

'While there was some encouraging news on testing, there remains work to do to ensure there is a comprehensive testing plan that includes contact tracing and additional measures to address the virus’ disproportionate impact on communities of color.' 

'There remains an array of additional differences as we go provision by provision that must be addressed in a comprehensive manner in the next 48 hours. 

Hammill then called on the White House to prove commitment to reaching an agreement on the relief aid.  

'Decisions must be made by the White House in order to demonstrate that the Administration is serious about reaching a bipartisan agreement that provides for Americans with the greatest needs during the pandemic,' wrote Hammill. 

A spokesperson for Mnuchin told The Wall Street Journal that he and Pelosi were expected to speak again on Monday night. 

Drew Hammill, Nancy Pelosi's Chief of Staff, released a statement on Twitter that provided an update on he ongoing COVID-19 relief aid negotiations

Drew Hammill, Nancy Pelosi's Chief of Staff, released a statement on Twitter that provided an update on he ongoing COVID-19 relief aid negotiations 

Hammill revealed that Nancy Pelosi placed a 48 hour-deadline on the White House to address 'an array of additional differences' in relation to the potential bills

Hammill revealed that Nancy Pelosi placed a 48 hour-deadline on the White House to address 'an array of additional differences' in relation to the potential bills

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell revealed on Saturday that the Senate was scheduled to vote next week on relief programs.

 'I just announced the Senate will vote next week on hundreds of billions more dollars for relief programs that Democrats do not even oppose,' he wrote.

McConnell took a jab at Pelosi in his statement, adding that 'Working families have already waited too long for Speaker Pelosi’s Marie Antoinette act to stop. Let's make law.'

The roughly $500billion proposal included funding for unemployment insurance, schools, more COVID-19 testing and other provisions.

The Senate will vote on Tuesday regarding more funding for the Paycheck Protection Program.

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