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Sunday shows preview: White House, Democratic leaders struggle for deal on coronavirus bill

Bonnie Cash

Ongoing negotiations between lawmakers and the Trump administration on the coronavirus stimulus bill are expected to dominate the Sunday Show circuit this week, as talks spill over into next week. 

Trump administration officials, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, met with Democratic leaders on Saturday saying they made “progress” but have still not reached an agreement. 

The main dispute is about the amount of money to spend: Senate Republicans have introduced a roughly $1 trillion package, while the bill passed by House Democrats in May rang in at roughly $3 trillion. 

They also disagree about providing additional money for cash-strapped state and local governments who have depleted their budgets fighting the coronavirus. The final issue, and perhaps the most urgent, is how to replace beefed up unemployment benefits, which expired Friday night. 

A handful of negotiators are scheduled to appear on cable talk shows this week, with both Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) booked on ABC’s “This Week” and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows booked on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” 

Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, along with other top health officials testified before Congress on Friday where they discussed the state of vaccine production and reopening schools, among other topics.

Adm. Brett Giroir, the health official leading the Trump administration’s testing strategy, told Congress that test results continue to be delayed but improvements are coming. He is booked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

Friday night, President Trump announced that he will ban the social media platform TikTok from operating in the United States. TikTok is owned by a larger Chinese tech company ByteDance.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said earlier last month that the Trump administration was considering banning Chinese apps due to national security concerns, is booked on Fox News “Sunday Morning Futures.”

Below is the full list of guests who will appear on this weekend’s Sunday talk shows. 

ABC’s “This Week” — Pelosi; Mnuchin.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Giroir; Dr. Nahid Bhadelia of Boston University; Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.).

CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Meadows; Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.); Scott Gottlieb, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner; Neel Kashkari, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis; Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Clyburn; Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.); Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force; Georgia politician Stacey Abrams.

“Fox News Sunday” — Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.; Bass; Jason Miller, adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign.

FOX News “Sunday Morning Futures” — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Sen. Ron Johnson, (R-WI); Rep. Doug Collins, (R-GA); Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ)

“America This Week” with Eric Bolling — Eric Trump; Ken Cuccinelli- Deputy Secretary Homeland Security; Michael Solan, Seattle Police Officers Assn Rep; Jose Aristimuño, former DNC National Press Secretary; Charlie Kirk, chairman TPUSA

Tags Anthony Fauci Donald Trump Doug Collins Eric Trump Jeff Van Drew Karen Bass Mark Meadows Mike Pompeo Nancy Pelosi Ron Johnson Steven Mnuchin Tammy Duckworth

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