Schumer 'confident' stimulus coronavirus deal will be reached Monday

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerTrump expressed doubt to donors GOP can hold Senate: report Trump announces opening of relations between Sudan and Israel Five takeaways on Iran, Russia election interference MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Monday that congressional leaders and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinSunday shows preview: Trump, Biden gear up for final sprint to Election Day Hillicon Valley: Treasury sanctions Russian group accused of targeting critical facilities | Appeals court rules Uber, Lyft must comply with labor laws | Biden: Countries that target US elections will 'pay a price' Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight MORE would reach a deal on a massive coronavirus stimulus package later in the day.

"We're very close to reaching a deal, very close, and our goal is to reach a deal today, and we're hopeful, even confident that we will meet that goal," Schumer said from the Senate floor.

Schumer and Mnuchin met at least seven times on Sunday, and restarted negotiations around 9 a.m. on Monday.


But Schumer said that there were still a "few outstanding issues," including hundreds of billions in aid to corporations that Democrats are calling a "slush fund." Democrats have also pointed to a provision they say would let Mnuchin authorize loans or grants but not disclose the recipients for six months.

Democrats late Sunday blocked the stimulus package from moving forward in the Senate.

"The bill still includes something that most Americans don't want to see. Large corporate bailouts with almost no strings attached," Schumer said on Monday.

Schumer's comments come after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump expressed doubt to donors GOP can hold Senate: report Senators battle over Supreme Court nominee in rare Saturday session Sunday shows preview: Trump, Biden gear up for final sprint to Election Day MORE (R-Ky.) lashed out at Democrats from the floor.

"This body can't get its act together. And the only reason it can't get its act together is right over here on the other side of the aisle," McConnell said.


Tensions were running high in the Senate on Monday, as Democrats temporarily blocked Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTrump expressed doubt to donors GOP can hold Senate: report Murkowski says she will vote to confirm Barrett to Supreme Court on Monday Biden's oil stance jars Democrats in tough races MORE (R-Maine) from speaking from the floor as they tried to get clarity on the chamber's schedule. Collins called the tactics "unbelievable."

The back-and-forth on the floor comes as Schumer and Mnuchin have signaled they are closer to a deal. Mnuchin told reporters that he expects a deal and a "big vote" on Monday.

Schumer added that he expected to "conclude negotiations today."

"The negotiations continue no more than 30 feet away from the floor of the Senate in our offices where the real progress is taking place. Once we have an agreement that everyone can get behind, we're prepared to speed up the consideration of that agreement on the floor," Schumer added.