Pelosi gives White House 48 hours to agree to COVID stimulus deal


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday gave the White House 48 hours to reach a deal on a new coronavirus stimulus plan — saying otherwise Congress will not be able to pass the relief before the November election.

“The 48 only relates to if we want to get it done before the election — which we do,” Pelosi said on ABC News’ “This Week.” “But we’re saying to them we have to freeze the design on some of these things, are we going with it or not, and what is the language.”

Pressed on the success of an agreement by anchor George Stephanopoulos, the California Democrat said it “depends on the administration.”

“We don’t have agreement in the language yet, but I’m hopeful,” Pelosi said. “I’m optimistic because, again, we’ve been back and forth on all of this.”

She and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have been in talks for months in an effort to hammer out a stimulus deal.

They spoke for more than an hour on Saturday and are expected to return to the negotiating table on Monday.

Stephanopoulos also noted that the speaker and President Trump haven’t spoken in a year, and asked Pelosi if she was willing to pick up a phone to talk to the White House.