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Congress is running out of time if it is going to get a deal on a coronavirus relief package before Election Day.
Lawmakers in both chambers are feeling heavy pressure to win relief for their communities as the U.S. death tolls ticks toward 200,000, small businesses continue to close, schools struggle to reopen and millions remain out of work.
With the elections just 46 days away, members of both parties worry the long partisan impasse means they won't be able to deliver for voters — and they’ll be punished at the polls for doing nothing.
Yet both chambers left Washington this week with no deal in sight, frustrating lawmakers heading home to get an earful from shell-shocked constituents.
In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled McConnell accuses Democrats of sowing division by 'downplaying progress' on election security Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt MORE (R-Ky.) has refused to consider any package topping roughly $1 trillion, even as President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE has urged GOP leaders to back “much higher numbers” and a handful of upper-chamber Republicans face diminishing prospects of keeping their seats.
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