Congress rushes to strike coronavirus deal as shutdown looms

Congressional leaders are rushing to finalize and pass a $ 900 billion coronavirus relief deal before midnight to prevent a government shutdown.

Leaders say they are on the brink of a sweeping deal that would tie the much-sought relief to a $ 1.4 trillion bill to fund the government through October 1. If lawmakers can’t pass the next deal by the end of Sunday, something comes up – and senators are casting doubt on whether they’ll have to use an interim bill to keep government open.

Majority Leader in the Senate Mitch mcconnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell On The Money – Democrats Seek To Reduce Build Back Better GOP Steps Up Flirtation With Manchin Citizenship Before Partisanship: Is Manchin The Perfect Candidate For 2024? FOLLOWING (R-Ky.), Entering the Capitol for the day, told reporters they were “really, really close.”

“We are in the process of eliminating the remaining differences. I think I can speak for all parties when I say I expect and hope a final deal will be reached in a few hours,” McConnell has said since. the room during the rare Sunday session.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden signs bill punishing China for Uyghur abuse Harry and Meghan push family leave with annual On The Money vacation card – Biden extends student loan relief MORE (D-Calif.) Echoed this, saying, “We’re very close.”

Meanwhile, the leader of the senatorial minority Charles schumerChuck Schumer Congressional Black Caucus Calls Senate To Meet Again And Pass Voting Rights Law Christmas Miracle In Congress Does Anyone Love Congress More? FOLLOWING (DN.Y.) said that “barring a major incident,” the House and Senate could vote “from tonight.”

“As we speak, the legislative text is being finalized. The time has come to move forward and come to a conclusion,” he added from the Senate chamber.

The progression to a chord comes after a breakthrough in the middle of the night on the last big sticking point: the Federal Reserve’s emergency lending facilities.

The deal would close four Federal Reserve credit facilities created by the CARES Act and prevent the Fed from setting up replica facilities in the future without Congressional approval. The Fed will retain more flexibility to restart the term asset-backed securities lending facility, which will be closed but may be restarted in the future.

Senator Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph Toomey Meet Washington’s Most Ineffective Senator: Joe Manchin Black Women Seek To Leverage Gains In Upcoming Election Watch Live: GOP Senators Introduce New Infrastructure Proposal MORE (R-Pa.) told reporters on a conference call Sunday afternoon that lawmakers were still working to finalize the Federal Reserve’s text, but intended to back it all.

“Despite the major reservations I have on some particular characteristics, I think the good outweighs the bad, and I intend at this point to vote for it,” he said.

Executive assistants acknowledged that Toomey’s language deal has brought Congress significantly closer, but there are smaller issues to be addressed, and management must finalize and complete drafting of the year-end deal. .

“There are a few outstanding issues, but I am very hopeful that we are getting closer to a result,” said Schumer.

Lawmakers are also calling for wording in the deal for a paycheck protection program (PPP) tax “fix” amid concerns that businesses that have received PPP loans will have to pay a larger tax bill. than expected next year.

“I feel like things aren’t completely connected,” Sen said. John cornynJohn CornynGOP steps up flirtation with Manchin McConnell says he thinks Manchin “would be more comfortable” in GOP The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by National Industries for the Blind – Biden calls for concern about omicron, but not to panic MORE (R-Texas) said Sunday.

Senator Marco rubioMarco Antonio RubioBiden signs bill punishing China for Uyghur abuse Balance / Sustainability – New life blossoms on Antarctic sea ice Members of Congress are not running for re-election in 2022 MORE (R-Fla.) Added that the PPP language was still under debate Saturday night, but that the inclusion of a legislative fix has “broad support.”

Since the coronavirus relief bill is tied to the government’s omnibus funding deal, which officials say has been finalized for days, Congress must pass the deal by the end of this year. Sunday in order to avoid a stop.

Congress has already had to use three rolling resolutions (CRs) this year to keep the government in business: one that funded the government from Oct. 1 to Dec. 11, and a second that extended the deadline to Dec. 18. Friday night, with negotiations underway, they bought themselves another 48 hours by passing an ongoing resolution that funded the government until the end of Sunday.

The House is expected to vote on the coronavirus-government funding deal before the deadline, although the vote may be postponed until Sunday evening.

“Members are advised that votes are expected in the House today regarding government funding and other coronavirus relief legislation. Members are further advised that votes may take place late in the evening,” an opinion from the House majority leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHoyer calls for an update on the review of the gun carrying regulations in Clyburn House office buildings to Democrats eager to take a leadership role: “If you want my seat, come get it “Pressley offering a measure condemning Boebert MORE (D-Md.) Advised.

It is not known whether the Senate will be able to vote before midnight. Because the leadership faces a time crunch, it would need the cooperation of all 100 senators, with a single lawmaker capable of slowing down a deal and pushing Congress past the deadline.

Senator Josh hawleyJoshua (Josh) David Hawley Democrats threaten to play hard against Cruz blockade Overnight Energy & Environment – Top land management workers back in DC Schumer threaten weekend votes to break GOP blockade of Biden PLUS candidates (R-Mo.) Floated on Sunday that he might not consent to the rapid passage of a CR.

“I don’t think so. I don’t think I will consent to it.… This plane has to land,” Hawley said of another draft bill.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (DS.C.) told MSNBC Congress would need another CR if both houses were unable to pass the bill on Sunday night. Cornyn, meanwhile, questioned the Senate would be able to vote before Monday.

“I’ve heard that the text might not even be available until later, and the House would have to vote on it first,” Cornyn said of the chances of the Senate voting on Sunday. “So, I think it’s questionable, I guess. “

McConnell, when asked about a Senate vote on Sunday, told reporters: “A quick vote would require a lot of cooperation. We’ll see.”

Several GOP senators have hinted that they expect the Senate vote to extend until Monday.

“It would be pretty optimistic to try and do it by tonight,” Sen said. James lankfordJames Paul LankfordRubio blocks quick votes on deadlocked defense bill Ongoing threats to government funding fail. (R-Okla.), Adding that a CR should be “prepared”.

Senator John kennedyJohn Neely KennedyPLUS (R-La.) Added that he didn’t think the Senate would vote on Sunday.

“I could be wrong, but I don’t think we have enough time to put it all together,” he said. “We cannot vote until the House does.”

Update at 2:20 p.m.

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