Bipartisan Senate group revives coronavirus relief talks

The new attempt comes as cases and deaths spike across the nation.

11/30/2020 7:24:00 PM

An informal, bipartisan group of senators is trying to jump-start stalled coronavirus stimulus talks during the lame duck. Congressional leaders are still at odds over providing more relief as cases and deaths spike ahead of the coming winter.

The new attempt comes as cases and deaths spike across the nation.

Link CopiedA bipartisan group of senators is trying to jump-start stalled coronavirus stimulus talks during the lame duck, with congressional leaders still at odds over providing more relief as cases and deaths spike ahead of the coming winter.The effort is an uphill battle given the entrenched positions of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his GOP conference and Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. So whatever this collection of senators can achieve is likely to be modest, if they can accomplish anything at all.

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The group is informal and sprawls throughout both caucuses in the Senate, according to sources familiar with the talks. The talks mostly involve telephone conversations since physical meetings in the Senate are at a minimum amid the coronavirus’s grip on the Capitol. Much of the discussion took place over the Thanksgiving recess last week.

A number of key provisions, like expanded unemployment insurance and eviction moratoriums from the spring’s massive CARES Act are expiring at the end of the year, heightening the urgency. Any potential coronavirus relief package could be attached to a spending bill due by Dec. 11 to ensure its passage. headtopics.com

Congressional leaders prefer a large spending package to avoid a shutdown instead of a stopgap continuing resolution into the new presidency of Joe Biden that begins next January.There are several groups of discussions. Among the senators involved in them are Chris Coons (D-Del.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), the sources said. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin has also been involved in some discussion.

But whether this group can push their leadership to cut a deal as outgoing President Donald Trump sits on the sidelines is another matter. There is general agreement that Congress needs to extend unemployment funding, small business aid and beef-up health care funding, but Democrats are still generally opposed to the GOP's plans for liability reform and Republicans are reluctant to provide tens of billions of dollars in aid to blue states.

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we don't need stimulous. Republicans continue to block taxpayers funds that would help fellow citizens during the Covid crisis. Our Tax money that would maintain their survival. During a pandemic worsen by incompetent administration. Dear Dems, learn from the GOP. Promise stimulus checks January 20 if the Georgia Senate turns blue.

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