Under pressure: Lawmakers push House and Senate leaders to cut COVID aid deal by Christmas

House and Senate lawmakers in both parties escalated pressure on leadership to reach a deal on coronavirus aid by year’s end, triggering a flurry of last-ditch talks and proposals.

“I think there’s pressure on all of us, because of what’s happening out in the field, to get something done,” Sen. Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat, told the Washington Examiner. “It’s not a matter of political pressure coming from Democrats or Republicans. It’s people who are desperate out there, just desperate.”

Leaders in both parties are now aiming for a deal this month.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, sent
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