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Congress is briefly reconvening, under pressure from Trump and Biden to pass a COVID-19 stimulus bill after months of gridlock

Added 11-30-20 07:14:02am EST - “Congress has spent months arguging over the details of a follow-up stimulus package, to the immense frustration of many.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Congress is briefly reconvening, under pressure from Trump and Biden to pass a COVID-19 stimulus bill after months of gridlock”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Congress is reconvening on Monday, presenting a new chance to pass a stimulus bill to inject more cash into the US economy. But time is short.

Lawmakers are returning to Washington, DC, for a short session that is due to end before Christmas. They also have to use the time to avert a looming government shutdown, which would kick in on December 11 without new legislation.

Republicans and Democrats have been deadlocked for months over a new coronavirus relief bill, despite pressure from President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden to cut a deal.

The parties have been at loggerheads since, unable to bridge deep divides on how much stimulus money to authorize, and where to send it.

Democrats want a large, $2.2 trillion relief plan that contains a revival of the $600 a week in unemployment benefits agreed to in the first relief bill, as well as a second round of $1,200 payments for ordinary Americans.

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