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U.S. House's McCarthy doesn't expect covid-19 aid deal before election if Pelosi involved

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., speaks during the first day of the Republican National Convention, in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., August 24, 2020. Chris Carlson/Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said Thursday he does not expect agreement on a fresh coronavirus relief package before Election Day on Nov. 3 as long as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is involved in negotiations, saying she is the “one stumbling block” to a deal getting done.

At a news conference, McCarthy also sidestepped a question about President Donald Trump’s willingness expressed earlier Thursday to go higher than $1.8 trillion on a coronavirus aid package. McCarthy said $1.8 trillion was “a very big deal,” but added: “It doesn’t matter what our answer would be, because the Speaker has denied anything from moving.”

(This story has been refiled to correct 2nd paragraph to say ‘from moving’, not ‘for moving’)

Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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