Mnuchin says McConnell may introduce new coronavirus bill next week

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinSuspect in Khashoggi murder arrested The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to tackle omicron risks with new travel rules Mnuchin and McConnell discuss debt limit during brief meeting MORE said Monday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSinema reignites 2024 primary chatter amid filibuster fight  Biden's new calls to action matter, as does the one yet to come Trump to make election claims center stage in Arizona MORE (R-Ky.) will “hopefully” unveil a new coronavirus relief bill next week. 

In an interview on Fox Business Network, Mnuchin was asked about the collapse of talks with Democrats over COVID-19 response and stimulus legislation. The secretary responded that he and White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsTucker Carlson extends influence on GOP  Jan. 6 panel asks McCarthy to cooperate Clay Aiken running again for Congress because North Carolina representatives 'don't represent me' MORE have been regularly speaking with McConnell.

“Hopefully Mitch will enter new legislation next week,” Mnuchin said.


Mnuchin slammed top Democrats, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiClyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' King family to march for voting rights in Arizona before MLK Day GOP's McCarthy has little incentive to work with Jan. 6 panel MORE (Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerKyrsten Sinema's courage, Washington hypocrisy, and the politics of rage Joe Biden's disastrous 48 hours Biden's desperate pitch to keep minority voters MORE (N.Y.), accusing them of not wanting to negotiate in good faith and refusing to meet, according to Reuters. 

Neither Democrats nor Republicans have made major concessions nearly a month after COVID-19 relief package talks collapsed. 

Meadows and Pelosi, the principal negotiators, failed to break the impasse in a 25-minute phone call last week. 

The Senate is out of session until Sept. 8. McConnell, during the three-week recess, stressed that he believes another coronavirus deal is needed but has not given an indication that he will try to bring senators back early for a vote. 

The Democratic-controlled House approved its own $3 trillion plan in May. Senate Republicans have discussed proceeding with their own legislation that would be narrower than the House bill but have not introduced any new proposals.