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