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Schumer: First Order of Business in Democratic-Controlled Senate is Emergency COVID-19 Relief

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Schumer: First Order of Business in Democratic-Controlled Senate is Emergency COVID-19 Relief

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Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday a Senate under his control would focus first on passing further emergency COVID-19 relief and confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominees. “As our first order of legislative business, please prepare to address additional COVID emergency relief legislation,” Schumer said in a letter to fellow Democrats. The caucus is poised to renew the push for $2,000 direct payments, an idea first floated by President Donald Trump that quickly won support from Democrats and some Republicans, but not GOP Senate leadership. Democrats also want to provide more money for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and funding for small businesses, schools, and state and local governments. The Senate, before the end of the year, passed a $900 billion stimulus package that included $600 checks, money for colleges, and funding for food stamps. Schumer could become the Senate’s majority leader after Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, …

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