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Congress Passes Key Step to Allow Democrats to Pass COVID Relief

A COVID relief bill is set to move through Congress over the next month or so, possibly with only the support of Democrats. The Senate on Feb. 5 approved the FY2021 budget resolution after an overnight session, unlocking the "budget reconciliation" process for President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus plan. The House passed the Senate version and plans to begin writing the reconciliation legislation in the coming weeks, subject to some constraints under reconciliation. Democrats hope to have the legislation enacted before the mid-March expiration of pandemic unemployment programs. More

Congress Continues to Negotiate COVID Relief, Spending Bill

Congress Continues to Negotiate COVID Relief, Spending Bill

This will be one of the most consequential weeks of the year for Congress. Government funding expires on December 18 following a one-week extension, so lawmakers are working toward a deal to fund the government for either the rest of the fiscal year (which ends in September) or until sometime in the first quarter of 2021. More

NATSO Policy Update: President Signs Executive Orders as Stimulus Talks Hit Impasse

President Trump signed a memorandum directing the Treasury Department to defer payroll taxes from September 1 through the end of the year for those earning under $4,000 (pre-tax) during any bi-weekly pay period (or $96,000/year). Other executive actions, which come amid an impasse on agreeing to additional coronavirus relief between the Administration and congressional Democratic leaders, include allowing a $400 federal unemployment benefit add-on; providing assistance to renters and homeowners regarding evictions; and suspending student loan payments. More

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