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White House, Democrats agree to try for coronavirus relief deal on evictions, unemployment by week’s end

August 5, 2020
Seung Min Kim, Erica Werner, Carol Leonnig, Jeff Stein | The Washington Post
The White House and Democratic leaders agreed to try to finalize a deal to address lapsed unemployment benefits and eviction restrictions by the end of this week and hold a vote in Congress next week, suddenly trying to rush stalled talks in the face of growing public and political unrest.
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Senate Republicans Face Uphill Fight To Hold Majority

August 5, 2020
Susan Davis | NPR
The fact that Republicans are being forced to divert time and resources to a traditionally reliably red state like Kansas is reflective of the difficult political climate the party faces up and down the ticket this year. A Democratic takeover is possible, but the path is not a straight shot.
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Where Congress stands on a potential new pandemic relief bill

August 4, 2020
Lisa Desjardins | The PBS NewsHour
COVID-19 continues to spread across the U.S., but children in some southern states returned to school Monday -- causing parents to worry about potential virus transmission. Meanwhile, negotiations over a new economic relief bill continued between the White House and Congress, with both sides reporting progress.
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Trump says he’s examining executive orders on evictions, payroll taxes if he can’t reach deal with Democrats

August 4, 2020
Erica Werner, Karoun Demirjian, Jeff Stein | The Washington Post
President Trump said Monday that he’s looking at unilaterally taking steps to stop tenant evictions and lower payroll taxes, adding that such moves might be necessary if a new coronavirus relief bill can’t be brokered with congressional Democrats.
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Divided and Demoralized on Virus Aid, Republicans Ask, ‘What’s in the Bill?’

July 29, 2020
Carl Hulse | The New York Times
Much of Washington also had questions, like: Is any legislation going to pass? Can Congress do it before a scheduled summer break at the end of next week? What will the final cost be? Will tens of millions of anxious laid-off workers continue to receive extra jobless aid, and how much? What happens, politically and practically, if nothing passes? Oh, and will President Trump get his $1.75 billion to make sure any replacement for the decrepit, Brutalist-style F.B.I. building across from his luxury hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue stays in its prime location, in what Democrats believe is a naked ploy to ensure that a competing hotel doesn’t take its place?
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Senate GOP releases Covid proposal amid internal divisions

July 28, 2020
John Bresnahan, Marianne Levine, Sarah Ferris | POLITICO
Senate Republicans released their $1 trillion coronavirus relief proposal Monday afternoon, setting off what could be weeks of tough political battles with Democrats over unemployment insurance, state and local aid, and liability protection for businesses and schools as the pandemic continues to batter the U.S. economy.
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Senate GOP preps Covid relief bill but problems remain over unemployment payments

July 23, 2020
John Bresnahan, Marianne Levine | POLITICO
Senate Republicans plan to roll out a $1 trillion coronavirus relief package Thursday morning, although there remains differences between the White House and GOP leadership on key portions of the measure, especially unemployment assistance.
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Republican feuding this week represents broader reckoning over party’s future as Trump sinks in the polls

July 23, 2020
Seung Min Kim, Rachael Bade | The Washington Post
In the Senate, GOP senators continued to struggle to find consensus on a massive spending bill aimed at mitigating the pandemic and softening its economic impact — a task complicated by the president’s insistence on a payroll tax cut that few in his own party want, intraparty feuding over the cost of the package and disagreements over exactly how the money should be spent.
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Senate GOP split as it begins unveiling coronavirus package

July 22, 2020
John Bresnahan, Marianne Levine | POLITICO
Senate Republicans will start unveiling their new coronavirus relief bill on Wednesday, although the party remains sharply divided over some of the proposals, including one of President Donald Trump’s top demands.
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