Pelosi, the top elected Democrat, said she wanted a bill passed before the November 3 presidential election between Republican Trump and Democrat Joe Biden but acknowledged an agreement would have to come within 48 hours for that to happen.
"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 colour", Drew Hammill, the deputy chief of staff at the speaker's office, said in a tweet. "And I certainly want it because I don't want to have to be sweeping after this dumpings of this elephant as we go into a new presidency in a few short months". She said that the administration changed terms like "requirements" to "recommendations", and "plan" to "strategy", and "shall" to "may".
Pelosi also said that Republicans "took out 55% of the language we had there for testing and tracing", which she said was important because a lack of sufficient testing and tracing has contributed to minorities being more heavily impacted by COVID-19. She favors a $2.2 trillion plan.
Calling in to a Wisconsin TV station on Saturday, Trump said he could exceed the amounts floated so far and voiced confidence that he "could quickly convince" Republicans to back a "good" deal.
Pelosi and Mnuchin, Trump's lead negotiator, spoke Saturday evening for more than an hour.
She responded that McConnell said Saturday he would put a bill on the Senate floor that reflects an agreement between the House and the White House if one materializes.
First, on Tuesday, there will be a vote on a stand-alone bill to refill funds for the small business Paycheck Protection Program. "But Americans need help now".
"Republicans have tried numerous times to secure bipartisan agreement where possible and get aid out the door while these endless talks continue", said McConnell.
The bill, dubbed a "skinny" relief bill for its pared-down funding, was already rejected https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-usa-congress/u-s-senate-to-vote-on-republican-coronavirus-aid-bill-opposed-by-democrats-idUSL1N2G61U6 by Democrats in September and is again expected to fail.