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More money for relief programs for business and others seems stuck in a Congressional political muddle…..
In recent weeks, the talks have been led by Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), according to four people familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe their work, which is ongoing. The duo in mid-December cobbled together the outlines of a roughly $68 billion proposal, two of the people said, which could include a mix of new spending and a repurposing of some unused cash authorized under previous packages….
In a letter last month, Reps. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.), Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) asked House and Senate leaders to consider a “targeted relief package,” citing the specific needs of small businesses including restaurants, gyms and live venues. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), meanwhile, has reiterated her requests for Congress to replenish money in a restaurant-specific fund that ran dry months earlier as the hospitality industry braces for another major disruption.
In recent days, a slew of Democrats have seized on the worsening public health crisis to push Congress to revive an expired program that provided monthly tax payments to more than 35 million families. The proposal to reauthorize the expanded advance child tax credit remains trapped in a broader war between Democrats and Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) over the fate of the stalled $2 trillion Build Back Better Act….