Biden will seek new COVID-19 relief package next year, 'darkest days' are ahead

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden arrives at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., December 16, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Pool/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Joe Biden said his administration will put forward another COVID-19 relief package next year, including a new round of stimulus payments. At a news conference on Tuesday, Biden said a […]

Senate to vote on COVID-19 aid as soon as this week: McConnell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S. Senate will introduce a new proposal on coronavirus relief legislation on Tuesday and could schedule a vote as soon as this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. He said the new proposal would target “some of the very most urgent healthcare, education, and economic issues.” “It does not […]

Trump calls Democratic demands 'ridiculous' as blame traded over virus aid stalemate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump accused congressional Democrats on Wednesday of not wanting to negotiate over a U.S. coronavirus aid package because he was refusing to go along with “ridiculous” spending requests unrelated to the pandemic. Trump’s comments came after top Republican and Democratic negotiators traded blame for a five-day lapse in talks over […]

Mnuchin declines to say if U.S. COVID-19 aid deal can be reached

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday that the White House and top Democrats in Congress may not be able to reach a deal on coronavirus aid, in the fifth day without talks on the stalemate blocking relief to tens of millions of Americans. Mnuchin, who spent nearly two weeks trying […]

White House, congressional Democrats go fourth day without coronavirus talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A stalemate between the Republican White House and congressional Democrats over coronavirus relief ended in a fourth day without talks on Tuesday, with each party blaming the other for intransigence. The lack of progress was confirmed separately by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Republicans and […]

U.S. Republicans to push for $1 trillion coronavirus relief package

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans on Monday said they were working on a $1 trillion coronavirus relief bill focused on businesses, schools and healthcare, while Democrats vowed to oppose any proposal developed without bipartisan talks. In a meeting at the White House, Republican legislators and administration officials said they were making […]