Minnesota Republicans celebrated election victories with a gala party. A state senator’s death from Covid-19 underlined the consequences of the G.O.P.’s rejection of health experts’ guidance.
The president-elect’s proposed economic rescue package is larger and more targeted to the country’s needs than the stimulus plan he helped steer into law as vice president in 2009
Some scientists fear that the mayhem on Capitol Hill may have led to a so-called super-spreading event.
Despite new pandemic aid, he confronts an economic crisis unlike any since he last entered office in 2009. And political headwinds have only stiffened.
The vote, largely along party lines, punctuated an opening day marked more by precaution than pomp, as the 117th Congress convened under the threat of a deadly pandemic.
At least one person was hospitalized with Covid-19 after a Republican club’s party at a Queens restaurant.
The Senate leader all but ended any chance of increasing direct payments, despite some Republican support for the effort.
Financially pressed Americans looked forward to extended unemployment benefits and a $600 check. Now they are waiting to see if the president will sign the stimulus bill.
The president-elect insisted that his skills and his history would enable him to secure bipartisan support for bold initiatives.
From the campaign trail in Georgia to Capitol Hill, President Trump’s demand for changes to the $900 billion pandemic relief plan upended political and economic calculations.
The president-elect said he would ask Congress soon after his inauguration to pass an additional coronavirus aid package with more money for firefighters, police officers and nurses.
Top party leaders cinched a $900 billion relief deal after laying down their swords. But it took an empowered, bipartisan group of moderates to help bridge the divide.
Americans nationwide are glad that Congress, after a painfully prolonged process, has agreed to a stimulus package, however imperfect.
Leaders said they had an agreement on a pandemic aid plan including payments to Americans, jobless benefits and funds for businesses and vaccine distribution, but the timing of final votes was unclear.
The emerging compromise would provide emergency stimulus payments, jobless aid and rental assistance, extending help to businesses and funding the distribution of a vaccine. But more is likely to be needed.
The group separated out the two most contentious issues — aid for state and local governments and liability protection for businesses — aiming for a consensus that could be agreed upon before week’s end.
State governments are offering loans, grants and tax rebates, but budget constraints limit their impact.
The Wisconsin Republican has transformed his Senate panel into a forum for amplifying dubious theories and questionable treatments pushed by President Trump.
As a standoff over federal aid persists, state and local governments are making deep budget cuts. “Everything’s going to slow down,” one official said.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, spoke on Thursday as Joe Biden’s victory and vaccine breakthroughs added momentum to a push for a stimulus deal.
Polling shows that Republicans have turned bearish on the outlook for their family finances since the election, while Democratic optimism is rising.