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Senate passes temporary government funding

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 9/30/20, 07:03 pm

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump likely will sign a continuing resolution to avert a government shutdown. The Senate passed the measure on Wednesday just hours ahead of the midnight deadline. The resolution to fund the government through December cleared the House by a landslide last week.

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Senate GOP pitches smaller economic relief bill

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 9/08/20, 05:24 pm

WASHINGTON—Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill have battled over a coronavirus aid proposal for weeks after additional benefits to American workers expired. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday a new $500 billion package did not have all of his party’s preferred provisions but was more “targeted.” It includes an extra $300 per week for the unemployed, more than $100 billion for reopening schools, about $30 billion for a coronavirus vaccine, and other benefits for different sectors of the economy.

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House approves extra Postal Service funding

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/22/20, 08:32 pm

Democratic lawmakers want to give the U.S. Postal Service a $25 billion bonus to help it manage mail-in voting in the upcoming U.S. general election. But Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, President Donald Trump, and many Republicans in Congress say the agency could manage without the extra cash. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called lawmakers back from their August recess to debate and vote on the bill, which passed Saturday by a vote of 257-150. Twenty-six Republicans voted for it.

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