Coronavirus Relief Package Might Not Get Done Before Election Day, Pelosi Suggests
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Coronavirus Relief Package Might Not Get Done Before Election Day, Pelosi Suggests

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised doubts Thursday about getting a coronavirus aid bill passed before the Nov. 3 elections, even if a bipartisan deal is reached in the coming days. While talks continue, she said it would take time to get a comprehensive... Read More

House Democrats Float Tax Compromises in Coronavirus Relief Talks
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House Democrats Float Tax Compromises in Coronavirus Relief Talks

WASHINGTON - House Democrats are offering several concessions to Republicans on pandemic-related tax items, including a temporary fix to the thorny problem of how teleworkers and others who work in multiple states during the pandemic should be taxed. That pitch is part of a collection... Read More

PPP Bill Falls Short in Senate as Hope for COVID-19 Aid Wanes
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PPP Bill Falls Short in Senate as Hope for COVID-19 Aid Wanes

WASHINGTON - Amid ongoing COVID-19 economic aid negotiations and the approaching election, the Senate shot down on Tuesday a standalone measure authorizing a second round of forgivable loans to small businesses. Republicans were unified in their attempt to push forward the bill while nearly... Read More

McConnell Warns White House Against COVID Relief Deal
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McConnell Warns White House Against COVID Relief Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday told fellow Republicans that he has warned the White House not to divide Republicans by sealing a lopsided pre-election COVID-19 relief deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — even as... Read More

One More Day for Coronavirus Relief Talks, Pelosi Says
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One More Day for Coronavirus Relief Talks, Pelosi Says

WASHINGTON -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to decide by Tuesday evening whether a bipartisan deal on COVID-19 relief can pass before the Nov. 3 elections, her spokesman said Monday. The announcement, made in a tweet, came after a nearly hourlong phone call between the Democratic... Read More

Trump Wants Bigger Coronavirus Relief Package; GOP Support Tepid
Economy
Trump Wants Bigger Coronavirus Relief Package; GOP Support Tepid

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump continues to move away from his own political party on COVID-19 aid, saying Thursday that he's authorized his top negotiator to offer Democrats more than $1.8 trillion. "Absolutely I would. I would pay more," Trump said in an interview with Fox... Read More

Coronavirus Relief Bill Talks Snagged Over Testing, Liability, Other Issues
Economy
Coronavirus Relief Bill Talks Snagged Over Testing, Liability, Other Issues

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressed doubts Wednesday about a COVID-19 aid package becoming law before the Nov. 3 elections. After a morning phone call with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Mnuchin said the myriad disputes over funding and policy questions... Read More

Another ‘Skinny’ Coronavirus Relief Bill on Tap in Senate, McConnell Says
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Another ‘Skinny’ Coronavirus Relief Bill on Tap in Senate, McConnell Says

WASHINGTON — The Senate will vote next week on a roughly $500 billion COVID-19 relief package that mirrors an earlier Republican proposal, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday. The decision to push another “skinny” relief bill marked a new attempt... Read More

Survey: 80% of Small Businesses Want Economic Relief Prioritized Over SCOTUS Nomination
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Survey: 80% of Small Businesses Want Economic Relief Prioritized Over SCOTUS Nomination
2020-10-13 17:41:11
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – A national survey by the Small Business for America’s Future coalition found that roughly 8 in ten respondents identified something other than the Supreme Court nomination when asked about Congressional priorities. The survey, conducted from Oct. 2 through... Read More

Pelosi Stays Firm on Coronavirus Relief as a Few Democrats Urge Compromise
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Pelosi Stays Firm on Coronavirus Relief as a Few Democrats Urge Compromise

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to keep her caucus together as she holds out for a better coronavirus relief package than the Trump administration’s latest $1.8 trillion proposal, but some Democrats are growing impatient as the window to... Read More

No Airline Aid Bill Without Broader Coronavirus Relief Package, Pelosi Says
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No Airline Aid Bill Without Broader Coronavirus Relief Package, Pelosi Says

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi quashed talk of a separate bill to mitigate airline industry layoffs without also aiding other industries and households and funding for schools, nationwide COVID-19 testing and more. “There is no stand-alone bill without a bigger... Read More

Trump Halt of COVID-19 Relief Talks Draws Sharp Rebuke on Capitol Hill
Economy
Trump Halt of COVID-19 Relief Talks Draws Sharp Rebuke on Capitol Hill
2020-10-06 21:22:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Anger on Capitol Hill boiled over Tuesday after President Donald Trump called an abrupt end to negotiations with House Democrats over additional coronavirus relief, delaying action until after the election. Trump announced he was walking away from the... Read More

House Passes $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill Amid Faltering Talks
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House Passes $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill Amid Faltering Talks

WASHINGTON — House Democrats passed their own revised version of a coronavirus aid package Thursday, in a largely symbolic expression of frustration with protracted talks on a bipartisan compromise. On a party-line vote of 214-207, the House sent to the... Read More

Mnuchin Virus Relief Plan Includes More State, Local Funds; House Delays Vote
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Mnuchin Virus Relief Plan Includes More State, Local Funds; House Delays Vote

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin offered a $1.62 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal in talks with Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday, offering more state and local assistance than GOP negotiators have to-date in a sign of potential progress toward a... Read More

Blue Dogs Endorse Fifth Coronavirus Relief Package With Bipartisan, Bicameral Support
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Blue Dogs Endorse Fifth Coronavirus Relief Package With Bipartisan, Bicameral Support
2020-09-29 20:22:37
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – The Democratic Blue Dog Coalition announced its support for an emergency funding bill to help municipalities withstand the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation, introduced in the House by Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., provides $500 billion... Read More

House Democrats Unveil New Coronavirus Relief Plan
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House Democrats Unveil New Coronavirus Relief Plan

WASHINGTON — House Democrats unveiled a $2.2 trillion pandemic relief package Monday night as part of a last-ditch attempt to secure new aid before the Nov. 3 elections. Even as talks resumed between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven... Read More

Pelosi Says Democrats Will Make New Aid ‘Proffer’ to Mnuchin
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Pelosi Says Democrats Will Make New Aid ‘Proffer’ to Mnuchin

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there’s a chance she and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin can still reach a deal on a coronavirus stimulus package, and that Democrats will unveil a new “proffer” shortly. “I trust Secretary Mnuchin to represent something that... Read More

House Democrats Drafting $2.4 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill
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House Democrats Drafting $2.4 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi has directed House committee leaders to put together a more slender coronavirus relief package than the one that previously passed the chamber, in their latest offer in talks with the White House. The House could... Read More

Economists Say Pandemic Needs to End Before U.S. Economy Returns to Normal
Economy
Economists Say Pandemic Needs to End Before U.S. Economy Returns to Normal
2020-09-23 17:47:07
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Economists warned Congress Tuesday of long-term damage to the U.S. economy if the coronavirus pandemic is not brought under control soon. They cautioned during two separate congressional hearings that the slow improvement to the economy since the pandemic... Read More

Mnuchin, Powell Say Congress Needs to Pass More COVID-19 Relief
Economy
Mnuchin, Powell Say Congress Needs to Pass More COVID-19 Relief

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and representatives from both parties agreed on at least one point at a hearing Tuesday: The economy needs more relief from Congress to sustain the recovery from the coronavirus.... Read More

Democrats Weigh Next Steps After Trump Backs Bigger Stimulus
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Democrats Weigh Next Steps After Trump Backs Bigger Stimulus

WASHINGTON — Some House Democrats are keeping pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring a new coronavirus relief bill up for a vote next week as they look to signal to voters that the party is pursuing a deal... Read More

Despite Pressure for COVID-19 Relief Deal, Stalemate Continues
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Despite Pressure for COVID-19 Relief Deal, Stalemate Continues

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday headed a call from her members to commit to keeping the House in session until there’s a coronavirus relief deal, but the vow does little to break the stalemate in bipartisan negotiations that... Read More

Problem Solvers Step Into Relief Bill Void to Offer Bipartisan Plan
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Problem Solvers Step Into Relief Bill Void to Offer Bipartisan Plan
2020-09-15 17:52:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of 50 centrist lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a $1.5 trillion proposal they hope will end the current stalemate over new relief to bolster the coronavirus battered economy. The Problem Solvers Caucus, led by co-chairs Reps.... Read More

Senate Democrats Block GOP Coronavirus Plan as Hopes Fade for Relief Deal
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Senate Democrats Block GOP Coronavirus Plan as Hopes Fade for Relief Deal

WASHINGTON — The congressional stalemate over a new coronavirus relief package grew further entrenched Thursday as Senate Democrats blocked a slimmed-down Republican proposal that they deemed “emaciated” because it did not include another round of $1,200 stimulus checks for Americans,... Read More

McConnell Raises Doubts on Congress Getting New Stimulus Done
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McConnell Raises Doubts on Congress Getting New Stimulus Done

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed doubts about whether Congress can get a deal on another pandemic relief package when lawmakers return to Washington after a monthlong recess, despite the Trump administration’s push for a quick, targeted stimulus. “I don’t... Read More

After Labor Day, Senate Plans to Vote on ‘Skinny’ Coronavirus Stimulus Bill
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After Labor Day, Senate Plans to Vote on ‘Skinny’ Coronavirus Stimulus Bill

Senate Republicans hope to vote next week on a so-called “skinny” coronavirus stimulus package even as the gap between the White House and Democrats remains as wide as ever. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., a close ally of Majority Leader Mitch... Read More

Where Do Second Stimulus Checks Stand? Here’s What Top Democrats, Republicans Say
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Where Do Second Stimulus Checks Stand? Here’s What Top Democrats, Republicans Say

A second round of coronavirus stimulus checks remains in limbo as August draws to a close without an agreement among lawmakers on a relief package. Talks about the relief package, which is expected to include stimulus checks, resumed last week,... Read More

White House Backs Stopgap Government Funding as Part of Coronavirus Aid Package, Meadows Says
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White House Backs Stopgap Government Funding as Part of Coronavirus Aid Package, Meadows Says

WASHINGTON — Another COVID-19 relief package should be coupled with government funding, which expires Sept. 30 unless extended in a stopgap bill, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Wednesday. “I think that if we do a COVID deal... Read More

Meadows Visits Capitol, Tries to Pressure Democrats on Stimulus
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Meadows Visits Capitol, Tries to Pressure Democrats on Stimulus

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows returned to the U.S. Capitol on Saturday in a bid to pressure Democrats into accepting a slimmed-down economic stimulus bill after weeks of deadlock. The House has convened for a rare Saturday session... Read More

US Jobless Claims Increase to More Than 1 Million
Economy
US Jobless Claims Increase to More Than 1 Million

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly increased last week, a stumble for the labor market in its long road to recovery. Initial jobless claims in regular state programs rose by 135,000 to more than 1.1 million in the week ended... Read More

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