Politico Playbook: No Unity or Agreement on Republican Side for Pandemic Bill Priorities
AS OF NOW, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS aren’t saying much about the coronavirus relief negotiations. But here’s what some people involved told us privately Tuesday:
— “THE TWO PARTIES ARE SO FAR APART that it is extremely difficult to envision getting any kind of compromise by the end of July.”
— ANOTHER SOURCE involved in the talks put it this way: 0% chance there will be a bill passed by the end of July, 40% chance there is a bill by mid-August.
— A THIRD SOURCE suggested that Republicans are irreparably split, and they’ll never be able to find unity in their fractured conference.
EVERYTHING SAID DURING A CONGRESSIONAL NEGOTIATION is posturing, in some way, shape or form. Each side is trying to gain leverage over the other by talking tough, saber-rattling and generally trying to throw the other side back on its heels.