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Narrower Senate COVID-19 Bill Fails to Pass

The Senate failed late last week to pass a "skinny" Coronavirus Relief Bill addressing the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation would have:

  • Provided $300 per week in federal unemployment insurance through December 27

  • Allowed some small businesses to apply for a second loan under the Paycheck Protection Program

  • Created liability protections to limit lawsuits against businesses, universities, hospitals, and health care workers

  • Provided $105 billion in education funds, two-thirds of which would be for schools that reopen for in-person instruction

However, it did not include money for a second round of direct stimulus checks to Americans or provide additional funding for states and local governments.

The bill was introduced after negotiations stalled over a month ago. It is unclear whether there will be another federal stimulus bill and negotiations seem to have reached an impasse.


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