The November 3 target, which the White House and House Democrats have been working towards, set the deadline for a vote on another fiscal stimulus agreement, which fell on Wednesday amid the caution of Republicans in the Senate.
The White House went on to say that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was not to blame, despite reports he told the White House that he did not want a vote before the election.
Both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a White House official have downplayed the importance of voting on a deal by Election Day, increasing the likelihood of it being included in the post-election lame ducks meeting, which will be held on Jan. November for the Senate and November 16 starts for the House.
Pelosi said on an appearance on MSNBC that she remained optimistic despite McConnell's reluctance.
"Let's keep working so we can do it after the election. We want to do it before," she said.
"I am optimistic that there will be a bill. It is a question of whether it is on time to pay the November rent, which is my goal, or whether it will be shortly thereafter and retrospectively."
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At the White House, National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said additional economic stimulus would be helpful, but the economy was already continuing to recover from the COVID-19 lockdowns in the spring.
If a deal with text and possibly a vote were announced before the election, it could be enough to instill confidence even if it took weeks for help to come out.
"Perhaps the actual operational execution will go beyond Election Day, but people across the country, people back to work, people worried about unemployment benefits, people worried about starting or reopening their small businesses, and so on, you may feel reassured, "he said on a CNBC appearance.
The White House and Pelosi are targeting a deal and text for that deal by the end of the week, but that would still vote too late if the Senate left town for the campaign on Monday after a Colonel nomination vote of the Court of Justice.
On Tuesday, McConnell made a lukewarm promise that the Senate would vote on any deal negotiated by Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, but declined to say when or if he would support such a deal.
"If a president-backed bill clears the house, we'll eventually bring it to the ground, yes," McConnell said.
"We'd have to see what it was first," he replied when asked if he would support a deal between Pelosi and the White House.
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows spoke to reporters after meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill and said McConnell was not the problem.
"The leader has been very helpful. Obviously, we continue to keep in touch with the chair on a regular basis, and so I don't know that Chief McConnell or the administration should be held accountable for our joint discussions and priorities that best suit the needs of the American leader ", he said.
Meadows said Pelosi and Democrats were unwilling to move much in the talks. In a procedural vote to promote a US $ 500 billion GOP stimulus bill in the Senate, 44 Democrats cast all no votes and rejected the bill with the required majority of 60 votes.
Despite the weak prospect for timing, Meadows said progress had been made, adding, "The last 24 hours have been moving the ball across the field."
Still, he said the Democrats want about $ 500 billion in aid to state and local governments, about twice what he said was the coronavirus-related budget hit they took.
Pelosi said state and local money and Republicans' insistence on higher legal limit of liability for coronavirus negligence lawsuit against coronavirus-related issues were the two main areas of contention.
While the current government funding law expires on December 11th, meaning that avoiding a government shutdown requires a must-pass law that could include elements of coronavirus aid or even an entire deal, some said Republican Senators said post-election work wouldn't necessarily be easier.
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“If we haven't agreed on something and partially processed it – maybe the House voted and we didn't get around to it before the lame duck – I think the lame duck is a really difficult time to get around a lot in any lame do duck and I don't see why this would be any different, ”Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri told reporters.
“I think part of the problem is that people have only focused on the top line. There's more than just the top line, it's the substance we didn't talk about or focus on, "said Senator John Cornyn of Texas.