Congress close to coronavirus deal that includes $700 stimulus checks
According to sources associated with the negotiations, Senate and House negotiators are on the brink of a
coronavirus relief package that would provide direct $600 to $700 direct stimulus grants and $300-per-week extra unemployment assistance.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a coauthor of a $908 billion bipartisan plan, said leadership negotiators are closing in on a deal that would expand cash payments of $500-$700 to most Americans but would refuse Democratic negotiators long-sought assistance to state and local governments. With initiating the breakthrough, Manchin thanked his bipartisan party.
Nevertheless, two of the most controversial topics of the debate would not involve $160
billion in additional state and local funding or liability insurance for companies and other organisations.
Senate and House leaders want to attach the new coronavirus relief package to a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending package that needs to pass by Dec. 18 to keep the government funded.
It is also clear that there will be a need for another temporary budget bill to avert a government closure on Friday at midnight. Before Friday, this is expected to proceed by voice voting, but House representatives will have to be called to Washington to vote