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Stimulus update: What the election could mean for second checks and extra unemployment

Election Day has passed and COVID-19 lockdowns are returning. Millions of Americans are still desperately awaiting some kind of aid in the form of stimulus checks or expanded federal unemployment, like the kind that was passed with the CARES Act back in March but has since expired. Here’s the latest on what’s happening in Washington with the long-promised congressional bill for coronavirus relief:

NOW THAT ELECTIONS ARE OVER, CAN CONGRESS CAN JUST PASS A STIMULUS PACKAGE?

You must have America confused with a Northern European country.

WAIT, WHY NOT?

Two words: Georgia runoffs. Two Senate seats are up for grabs on January 5 in the Peach State, and the outcome will decide whether Democrats or Republicans control the Senate. The winning party will have much more negotiation power over a stimulus package than either party holds now. Unfortunately for the American people, this disincentivizes either side to pass a bill before the runoffs.

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