Bipartisan group releases Covid relief bill as Congress faces pressure to send help


Congress faces more pressure than ever this week to pass another coronavirus relief bill.

Lawmakers‘ ability to break a longstanding logjam and send more help will play a massive role in how much more the crisis ravages Americans‘ health and wallets.

Congressional leaders aim to approve both pandemic aid and a spending package before government funding lapses Saturday. Republicans and Democrats still need to strike a deal on both fronts with only days to spare before millions would face eviction or the loss of unemployment benefits.

A bipartisan group hopes to spur movement toward legislation that can get through the GOP-controlled Senate and Democratic-held House. Lawmakers from both chambers released a $908 billion rescue package Monday, split into two bills as the negotiators did not agree across the board.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer, a New Jersey Democrat and co-chair of the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus that helped to spark the deal, said he hoped the bill would help to shape a proposal Congress can pass this week.

„It doesn’t have to be every single word that we hand [congressional leaders] … but this is a clear road map for them,“ he told CNBC on Monday morning before the legislation was unveiled.


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