Stimulus package negotiations: The House is back and lame duck is in full flight. What now?

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Stimulus package negotiations: The House is back and lame duck is in full flight. What now?

This week, both the Senate and House of Representatives are back in Washington, and each political party says it wants to pass another stimulus relief bill before the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. But the same issues that kept Democratic and Republican lawmakers from reaching a deal initially remain, namely the size of the package, and whether or not it includes a second round of stimulus checks for eligible Americans.

On one side is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is advocating for a smaller, more focused $500 million bill that does not include a second stimulus check. On the other side is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who wants the $2.2 trillion Heroes Act that includes a second check of up to $1,200 as well as additional resources such as enhanced unemployment benefits for tens of millions of Americans.

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The White House appears to have backed away from its $1.9 trillion pre-election proposal. On Saturday, President Donald Trump broke his silence on the stimulus bill, and tweeted that a bill should pass that is both “big” and “focused” — demonstrating the conflict between both sides. While Biden has his own stimulus plan that does include a second stimulus check, he can’t act on it until after he’s inaugurated…Read more>>

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