Democratic and Republican leaders are closing in on a coronavirus-aid deal, which is expected to include a second round of stimulus checks. Here is the latest on the negotiations, and what else could be in the package.
Where do Covid-19 relief talks stand?
Congressional leaders were approaching agreement on a roughly $900 billion coronavirus-relief deal that includes another round of direct payments to households, along with aid for schools, vaccine distribution, unemployed workers and more. Congressional aides noted that the negotiations were continuing.
Will the agreement include a second round of stimulus checks?
Leaders are working off a bipartisan group’s proposal that didn’t include funding for another round of direct payments that would reach most households. But congressional leaders were expected to add direct checks, and Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R., S.D.) told reporters Wednesday he expected the checks would be in the $600 to $700 range per person. That is less than the checks of $1,200 per person in the initial round earlier this year.