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Stimulus update: What the Senate break and stalled talks mean for second checks and unemployment

Coronavirus cases are rising in much of the country, and millions of Americans are in dire straits, so surely the U.S. Senate is hard at work on a stimulus package that will bring much-needed relief, right?

Unfortunately, no. After gleefully confirming President Trump’s nomination for the Supreme Court yesterday, lawmakers are now giving themselves a mini vacation. The Senate, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has “adjourned for legislative business” until November 9, all but ending hopes that a bill could be passed before the election.

Here’s the latest update:

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE NEGOTIATIONS?

The White House and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been negotiating for weeks, but they remain far apart on key points. On Monday, a White House spokesperson told Fox News that a deal could happen “in the coming weeks” but declined to be more specific. President Trump, trailing in the election polls, had said he wanted a “big” stimulus package, but on the Senate side, McConnell has remained noncommittal.

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