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Published on December 5, 2020 11:43 PM

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Nancy Pelosi Considers Combining Covid Aid With Mammoth Spending Deal
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday she wants to attach a coronavirus relief bill to a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending package that would avert a government shutdown later this month, raising the prospects of long-stalled stimulus relief finally being signed into law.

The California Democrat said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed with her about combining the annual spending measures with coronavirus relief during their conversation Thursday, the first time in weeks the two leaders have discussed moving a relief bill.

"That would be a hope, because that is the vehicle leaving the station," Pelosi said of attaching pandemic aid to a must-pass fiscal 2021 funding package during her weekly press conference. "We would want a big, strong vote."

Pelosi said the $908 billion proposal released this week by a centrist group of Senate and House members helped restart the stimulus talks, which fell apart just before the election after months of dragging on with little real movement.

"There is momentum — there is momentum with the action that the senators and House members in a bipartisan way have taken," Pelosi said Friday, in the latest sign that negotiators are closing in on a deal. "The tone of our conversations is one that is indicative of the decision to get the job done."