A year-end COVID-19 aid deal may happen after all

House and Senate leaders, who had been prepared to end the year without approving a new coronavirus aid bill, are now rushing to try to pass legislation in the next week.

Rising numbers of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have increased pressure on the leadership in both parties and forced the two sides to consider compromise legislation that has eluded Congress for months.

“It will get passed because we are going to fight every single day to make sure it happens,” Rep. Josh Gottheimer, a New Jersey Democrat, said Thursday.

Gottheimer is part of a large, bipartisan group of House and Senate
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