On The Money: Mnuchin says COVID-19 relief before election 'would be difficult' | Gender employment gap widens with start of virtual school year | Warren rips Disney over layoffs, executive pay

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THE BIG DEAL—Mnuchin says COVID-19 relief before election 'would be difficult': 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 on Wednesday cast doubt on the prospects of getting a fifth COVID-19 relief package deal approved before Election Day.

"I’d say at this point getting something done before the election and executing on that would be difficult," he said at the Milken Institute Global Conference.

The Hill’s Niv Elis has more here.

The road from here: Mnuchin suggested that the policy questions in the bill remained a significant hurdle, and reiterated calls for smaller, stand-alone bills dealing with individual issues.

"I don't agree with the Speaker's approach that we have to do all or nothing," Mnuchin said He added that securing and executing a deal before the elections "would be difficult just given where we are and the level of detail.”


But Pelosi and House Democratic leaders have insisted on a large comprehensive package despite Mnuchin’s suggestions for smaller bills and resistance among Senate Republicans to a measure as big as the White House has offered. Mike Lillis has more on that here.


Gender employment gap widens with start of virtual school year: Women dropped out of the labor force in staggeringly high numbers last month, underscoring how female workers have disproportionately borne the economic brunt of the pandemic, in large part because of changes to child care and schooling.

  • The September jobs report released earlier this month found that 865,000 women dropped out of the labor force, compared to just 216,000 men.
  • The disparity threatens to set back decades of progress in closing workplace gender gaps and hinder the overall recovery from the coronavirus recession.
  • One of the main reasons, experts say, is due to child care.

“Because so many families with children are struggling to address care issues, it’s created a great burden on parents, and that burden is disproportionately high on women,” said Heather Boushey, president and CEO of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

“We know from all the data that women have a disproportionate responsibility for care at home, and what that means is that as COVID has happened, it can make it incredibly difficult to do their jobs from home,” she added.


Niv breaks down the issue here.

Warren rips Disney over layoffs amid reported restoration of executive pay: Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden to tap Rohit Chopra to lead CFPB, Gensler for SEC chair: reports Biden tax-hike proposals face bumpy road ahead Porter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector MORE (D-Mass.) called for answers on Wednesday on Disney laying off 28,000 workers while reportedly restoring the salaries of its senior executives during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Disney said last month that it plans to lay off the employees due to the lack of attendance at its parks around the world. 
  • Warren, however, noted in a letter to Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger and CEO Bob Chapek that the company said it would restore the paychecks of executives to pre-COVID-19 levels in August. 

“I would like to know whether Disney's financial practices have impacted the company's decision to lay off workers and whether your company plans to extend health care or other critical benefits and protections to laid off employees,” the senator wrote.

She added that the company has invested in compensation packages, dividend payments and stock buybacks in recent years for executives and stockholders, “all of which weakened Disney’s financial cushion and ability to retain and pay its front-line workers amid the pandemic.”

The Hill’s Alex Gangitano has more here.



  • Walmart will spread Black Friday deals in its stores across three weekends in November in an effort to reduce crowds during the coronavirus pandemic while offering other sales online.
  • Op-Ed: Emily Martin, a vice president at the National Women’s Law Center, discusses “COVID-19 and the disappearance of millions of working women”