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How politics, personalities and price tags derailed Covid relief talks

Posted On: Aug 8, 2020   |   Posted By: Politico

How politics, personalities and price tags derailed Covid relief talks

What a difference five months make in the middle of a pandemic.
In March, as the coronavirus was beginning to hammer the United States, President Donald Trump and congressional leaders from both parties were able to quickly pass a $2.2 trillion relief package providing a financial lifeline to millions of workers and tens of thousands of small businesses facing an apocalyptic economic slowdown.
There were some bitter partisan disputes inside the Senate as the bill was crafted, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin wore out a path trodding between the offices of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer as they put together the final deal. In the end, though, one of the most expensive pieces of legislation in history sailed through Congress without a single “no” vote.
Fast forward to August. More than 160,000 Americans are dead, unemployment has soared to levels not seen since the Great Depression while federal payments to laid-off workers have expired, millions...

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