“I think there’s still an outside chance something will get done before the elections. But the window is closing,” the South Carolina Democrat told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day.”
Pelosi on Tuesday, however, projected optimism that Democrats could strike a deal and downplayed her deadline for an agreement prior to the election.
“I’m optimistic because I do think we have a shared value — not many, but a shared value — that finally they want to crush the virus,” Pelosi said during an interview with Bloomberg TV.
She said that Tuesday wasn’t her intended day to reach a deal with the Trump administration, but the “day where we would have our terms on the table to be able to go to the next step.”
“We all want to get an agreement because people need it. It’s urgent, and our economy needs it,” the California Democrat said. “Hopefully by the end of the day today, we’ll know where we all are.”
Clyburn, who is the No. 3 ranking Democrat in the chamber, accused Republicans of not being willing to compromise with Democrats and argued that Pelosi “is trying to stand up for people who are being left out of this deal.”
“We are going to do what’s fair. That’s what we want to see done. And we are not just going to take anything simply because it’ll be something,” he said.
Asked when Americans could expect relief amid the coronavirus pandemic if a deal isn’t reached now, Clyburn replied, “When we change this administration.”
After calling off talks while he was recovering from coronavirus earlier this month, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed course and pushed lawmakers to pass a massive new spending package.
This story has been updated with additional developments Tuesday.
CNN’s Kevin Liptak, Phil Mattingly, Manu Raju and Paul LeBlanc contributed to this report.