Federal Update: Pelosi Signals COVID Deal Possible Before January, Why You’re Not Getting a $1,200 Stimulus Check Before Election Day, Senators Ask About 'Highly Alarming' Excess COVID-19 Deaths

October 29, 2020

  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she’s still hoping to clinch a massive coronavirus relief deal with the White House before the end of the year. Pelosi told reporters she is still aiming to reach an accord with Mnuchin as quickly as possible, which she said is crucial for tens of millions of Americans who remain out of work because of the pandemic.  
  • The election is less than a week away, which means another round of stimulus may take months to materialize. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced that the Senate would be recessed until Nov 9. The hiatus means that the next stimulus bill will almost certainly not pass before the election and negotiations will most likely be delayed until at least January 2021.
  • Three Democratic U.S. senators have asked the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director to explain what they're doing to investigate a "highly alarming" excess of deaths in the United States, above and beyond the more than 200,000 fatalities directly attributed to COVID-19.

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