Mnuchin says McConnell may introduce new coronavirus bill next week

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinTreasury imposes additional sanctions on Cuba over allegations of 'serious human rights abuse' Treasury Department sanctions inner circle of Russian agent Derkach for election interference Sanders defends push to impeach Trump: Insurrection won't be tolerated MORE said Monday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham calls on Schumer to hold vote to dismiss article of impeachment against Trump Rove: Chances of conviction rise if Giuliani represents Trump in Senate impeachment trial Boebert communications director resigns amid Capitol riot: report 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 MeadowsAuthor: Meadows is history's worst White House chief of staff Agency official says Capitol riot hit close to home for former Transportation secretary Chao Republicans wrestle over removing Trump 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 PelosiCowboys for Trump founder arrested following Capitol riot Retired Army general: 'We can't have demonstrators showing up at a state Capitol with damn long guns' Graham calls on Schumer to hold vote to dismiss article of impeachment against Trump MORE (Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerCowboys for Trump founder arrested following Capitol riot Graham calls on Schumer to hold vote to dismiss article of impeachment against Trump Biden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs 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.