White House increases coronavirus-stimulus offer to $1.9 trillion

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows boards Air Force One on October 14, 2020 at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. - Trumps travels to Des Moines, Iowa, for a Make America Great" rally. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP) (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows boards Air Force One on October 14, 2020 at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The White House announced Monday that it has increased its coronavirus-relief offer to nearly $1.9 trillion ahead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) Tuesday deadline for a deal on a new stimulus package.

“[The president] is willing to give some additional money in terms of direct payments” to individuals, and paycheck support for small businesses, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters.

Pelosi said over the weekend that the two sides must strike a deal by Tuesday for Congress to have a shot at approving the legislation before the Nov. 3 election.

Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are leading negotiations on resolving differences between the $2.2 trillion House-approved package and the White House’s counterproposal. Sticking points include testing, unemployment benefits, and funding for states and cities.

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