Pelosi says COVID-19 deal on horizon, but timing unclear

FILE PHOTO: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi departs a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. October 8, 2020. REUTERS/Erin Scott

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday said there was still the prospect for a deal on further COVID-19 relief despite resistance from Senate Republicans, adding that she was optimistic an agreement would be reached even as it was unclear whether it could pass before the election.

Pelosi, who said she was scheduled to continue talks with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at 2:30 p.m. (1830 GMT), added that while she wanted the bill to be passed by Nov. 1, it would hopefully include retroactive aid if approved after the Nov. 3 election.

Reporting by Susan Cornwell and Susan Heavey; editing by Jonathan Oatis