Politics Bipartisan Senate group revives coronavirus relief talks

19:10  30 november  2020
19:10  30 november  2020 Source:   politico.com

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The bipartisan group is made up of 10 people. They have to figure out how .3 billion will be distributed around the state.

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A 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.

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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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" Bipartisan coronavirus relief talks have been stalled for weeks, especially as Republicans have failed to unite behind GOP-dominated legislation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) released a scaled-down GOP coronavirus relief bill on Tuesday and told reporters that the Senate is

But the Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group of House members, is still trying. The caucus' 18 Republican and 25 Democratic members declared in a Wednesday statement that "it is critical Congress act immediately to pass bipartisan relief legislation," as "time is running out for the

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.

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.

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Senate Democrats block a 0 billion GOP coronavirus relief bill as Nancy Pelosi and Steven Mnuchin continue talks toward a comprehensive deal. While the sides are citing progress in the bipartisan talks , it still looks unlikely that they can reach an agreement capable of passing both

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.

Pelosi and Schumer have repeatedly insisted that a big, multi-trillion dollar deal with lots of money for states and localities is better than no deal, to the consternation of some centrists in the party. McConnell and most of the Senate GOP have pushed a smaller $500 billion package that Democrats have blocked repeatedly.

Under pressure: Lawmakers push House and Senate leaders to cut COVID aid deal by Christmas .
House and Senate lawmakers in both parties escalated pressure on leadership to reach a deal on coronavirus aid by year’s end, triggering a flurry of last-ditch talks and proposals. © Provided by Washington Examiner “I think there's pressure on all of us, because of what's happening out in the field, to get something done,” Sen. Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat, told the Washington Examiner. “It's not a matter of political pressure coming from Democrats or Republicans. It's people who are desperate out there, just desperate.” Leaders in both parties are now aiming for a deal this month.

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