Did the calculus on another round of relief spending change on Capitol Hill today? Nancy Pelosi just placed a big bet on a Phase 4 agreement — and wagered the campaign season on it, in fact. Earlier today, Pelosi ordered the House to remain in session until an agreement on an aid package gets hammered out between House Democrats, Senate Republicans, and the White House.
Considering which party needs to campaign to hold its majority in the lower chamber, that’s a big wager from the House speaker:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday the House will remain in session until lawmakers deliver another round of COVID-19 relief.
Pelosi told her Democratic colleagues on a morning conference call that “we have to stay here until we have a bill.” That’s according to a Democratic aide speaking on condition of anonymity but authorized to quote her remarks. …
Tuesday’s remarks, said Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill, don’t mean that the speaker is adopting a more flexible position. She instead seems to be signaling continued determination to press ahead and won’t adjourn the House without an agreement with the administration.
But as the talks collapsed, some moderate Democrats have been agitating for greater compromise. Their talks with pragmatic Republicans yielded common ground but the group does not have much of a track record of broadening their efforts and dominating debates.