Trump quits stimulus talks, hospital aid likely delayed until post-election


President Donald Trump on Tuesday tweeted that Republicans will withdraw from COVID-19 stimulus negotiations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which likely means tens of billions in hospital aid will be delayed at least until after the election.

Hospitals had hoped to secure more grant funds to help healthcare providers offset coronavirus-related lost revenue and expenses. House Democrats’ latest proposal would have included an additional $50 billion for the Provider Relief Fund. Stimulus talks had restarted and Trump had expressed support just days ago, but he changed his stance Tuesday.

“I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business,” Trump tweeted.

Trump blamed Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) request for state and local government aid for his withdrawal, and instead asked Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to focus on the Supreme Court confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

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