He is the leader of the majority of the house Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerPressure Breakthrough in COVID-19 Aid Talks About Money: Momentum Stops for COVID-19 Aid Account | Congress barrels towards ‘COVID Rock’ To avoid stalling government, House passes incomplete bill (D-Md.), Indicated on Sunday that the leadership of the Democratic House is open to the adoption of the COVID-19 aid agreement with the majority leader of the Senate Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell The window closes quickly for the big coronavirus deal (R-Ky.), Which does not include support for state and local governments.
“I mean, I think we need to agree and pass this bill,” Hoyer said in an interview with CNN Abby Phillip on “Inside Politics”.
He added: “If we can achieve it [state and local assistance], we want to get it, but we want help from people who are really, very struggling and at high risk. “
The window will close for Congress to reach an agreement on additional funding for coronavirus-free. While months of negotiations have agreed on some issues, the two sides remain far apart on two main points of contention: state and local support, and legal protection for businesses against coronavirus lawsuits.
McConnell last week proposed to drop both the liability protection he advocated and state and local funding from a deal to accept the bill. Hoyer suggested on Sunday that Democrats might be interested in such an agreement.
According to him, the deal should include money for vaccines, unemployment benefits and small business loans.
“We have to do the essential things and we will have time to do things that we did not pick up because we could not reach a political agreement. We will have time for that. We have a new president. A new congress. We will not leave anyone behind,” he continued.
Some lawmakers have publicly warned that the back-and-forth demands of various factions jeopardize the possibility of reaching an agreement before the end of the year.
“We were stuck in the same place as four months ago,” Sen said. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) He said this week.
“[McConnell] you just have to turn to the members of the senate and say, “Look, we can stay here forever and we won’t come to an agreement. It’s time to vote. Take care, dog. If you want to vote against it, vote against it, ”he added.