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President-elect Joe Biden called on Congress to pass a $3.4 trillion stimulus plan that House Democrats approved earlier this year. He warned of a “dark winter” as recorded virus infections reach new highs, prompting some states anc cities to enact new restrictions to thwart the pathogen’s spread.

“That requires sparing no effort to fight COVID, so we can open our businesses safely, resume our lives and put this pandemic behind us,” he said. “It’s going to be difficult but it can be done.”

Biden said it was imperative for lawmakers to pass a coronavirus relief package during the lame-duck session before they adjourn next month. “Refusal of Democrats, Republicans to cooperate with one another is not due to some mysterious force beyond our control. It’s a conscious decision.. If we can decide not to cooperate, we could decide to cooperate,” he said.

Yet there are no discussions between Republicans and Democrats on an economic relief plan, Politico reported. The White House is sitting out while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spearheads the Republican effort to pass a much smaller package than Democrats desire.

The Democratic stimulus proposal includes another wave of $1,200 direct payments for taxpayers. $600 federal unemployment benefits, new …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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