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Congress stalled over liability issues and what to give the States. :exploding_head:


Congress appears to be making little concrete progress toward agreeing to a coronavirus relief agreement.

Lawmakers hope to approve more aid before lifelines expire at the end of the month, but issues including state and local aid, liability protections, unemployment assistance and stimulus checks are still dividing Congress.

Lawmakers plan to pass a one-week government funding extension through Dec. 18 in order to buy more time to craft a pandemic rescue package and spending plan.

Few signs of progress toward a coronavirus relief deal emerged Thursday as Congress inches closer to letting millions of Americans fall deeper into financial peril.

They will have to wait longer for Washington to figure out how to help them. After votes Thursday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told representatives the chamber would adjourn until at least Tuesday pending an agreement on pandemic aid and full-year government funding.

The House’s move to end work for the week came as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s staff informed congressional leadership offices that Senate Republicans likely would not support a $908 billion bipartisan proposal, according to NBC News. Politico first reported the Kentucky Republican’s plan to brush aside the plan, which members of his caucus have helped to craft.

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