Mnuchin to testify over coronavirus relief bill
US Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin is due to face questions over stalled coronavirus aid negotiations between the Trump administration and Congress next week, lawmakers said on Wednesday.
The hearing on 1 September “will examine the urgent need for additional economic relief for children, workers, and families and the Administration’s implementation of key stimulus programs,” the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis said in a statement.
The hearing will be Mr Mnuchin’s first congressional testimony since talks on a new round of $1 trillion to $3 trillion in federal coronavirus aid collapsed in earlier this month.
No intensive talks between Mr Mnuchin, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer have taken place since then.
President Donald Trump subsequently signed an executive order partially extending supplemental unemployment benefits and deferring payment of some payroll taxes, but implementation details are unclear.
It comes as president Trump made Democrat demands for US Postal Service funding a sticking-point, as House Democrats last Saturday passed a $25 billion funding bill aimed at thwarting planned service cuts and ensuring delivery of mail-in ballots for the November election.
Republicans have declared the measure dead.