Congress and Trump thrown lifeline on pandemic relief legislation

A late effort to find a compromise between Republicans and Democrats on further pandemic relief may provide a path out of the stalemate.

Members of the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus released a $2 trillion package Tuesday meant to appeal to both parties. The proposal includes measures to bring back the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses and direct checks of $1,200 or more for taxpayers.

The package is closer to what Democrats want in terms of size. Democrats are seeking a package worth at least $2.2 trillion after initially proposing a measure worth up to $3.7 trillion. Democrats blocked a GOP
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