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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, right, accompanied by White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, left, take a question from a reporter following a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. as negotiations continue on a coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief legislation

Aug. 5, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated Senate Republicans re-upped their complaints that Democratic negotiators are taking too hard a line in talks on a sweeping coronavirus relief bill, but an afternoon negotiating session brought at least modest concessions from both sides, even as an agreement appears far off....

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 27, 2020, to highlight the new Republican coronavirus aid package. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Endangered GOP senators are driving force for virus deal

Aug. 5, 2020 12:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A small but singularly influential group is a driving force for an agreement on a stalled coronavirus relief bill: Endangered Senate GOP incumbents who need to win this fall if Republicans are going to retain control of the majority. Confronted with a poisonous political environment,...

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, right, accompanied by White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, left, take a question from a reporter following a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. as negotiations continue on a coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief legislation

Aug. 4, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated Senate Republicans re-upped their complaints Tuesday that Democratic negotiators are taking too hard a line in talks on a sweeping coronavirus relief bill, but an afternoon negotiating session brought at least modest concessions from both sides, even as an agreement appears far...

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 27, 2020, to highlight the new Republican coronavirus aid package. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Endangered GOP senators are driving force for virus deal

Aug. 4, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A small but singularly influential group is a driving force for an agreement on a stalled coronavirus relief bill: Endangered Senate GOP incumbents who need to win this fall if Republicans are going to retain control of the majority. Confronted with a poisonous political environment,...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, speaks as she stands next to Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., right, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. Schumer and Pelosi met earlier with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows as they continue to negotiate a coronavirus relief package. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Progress slow on virus relief bill as negotiations continue

Aug. 3, 2020 8:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiators on a huge coronavirus relief bill reported slight progress after talks resumed Monday afternoon in the Capitol, with issues like food for the poor and aid to schools struggling to reopen safely assuming a higher profile in the talks. Multiple obstacles remain, including an...

President Donald Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows talk before Trump speaks with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington. Trump is en route to Texas. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

As virus aid talks stalemate, Trump scorns help for cities

Jul. 29, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed Democratic demands for aid to cash-strapped cities in a new coronavirus relief package and lashed out at Republican allies as talks stalemated over assistance for millions of Americans. Another lawmaker tested positive for the virus....

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speak to the media, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Democrats, GOP far apart on virus aid; Trump wants a deal

Jul. 28, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A day of shuttle diplomacy on Capitol Hill over a coronavirus aid package produced few results Tuesday, with stark differences between the $3 trillion proposal from Democrats and $1 trillion counteroffer from Republicans as millions of Americans' jobless benefits, school reopenings and...

FILE - In this June 4, 2020 file photo, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., speaks during a Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.  The House has passed a bill to establish a Smithsonian museum for American Latinos that would showcase Latino history, art and culture. The bill was approved Monday by a voice vote and now goes to the Senate, where it has bipartisan support.  (Al Drago/Pool via AP)

House approves bill to create Latino museum on National Mall

Jul. 27, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a bill to establish a Smithsonian museum for American Latinos that would showcase Latino history, art and culture. The bill was approved Monday by a voice vote and now goes to the Senate, where it has bipartisan support. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus hailed the...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, July 20, 2020, in Washington. Congress is just starting to negotiate new legislation to renew coronavirus aid. But the biggest obstacles to a deal are already coming into view. The Democratic House passed a whopping $3.5 trillion coronavirus response bill more than two months ago and is demanding robust funding to help state and local governments. Republicans want to keep the bill closer to $1 trillion and are insisting on new legal protections for schools, businesses, and charities that are trying to reopen. It’s up to top congressional leaders to bridge the gaps as they negotiate with President Donald Trump's White House.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Flashpoints emerge as lawmakers negotiate new virus aid

Jul. 23, 2020 7:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan Capitol Hill talks have only just begun on a sweeping renewal of coronavirus legislation, but areas of likely agreement — and flashpoints of discord — are becoming apparent as the package starts to take shape. The Democratic House passed a whopping $3.5 trillion...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, July 20, 2020, in Washington. Congress is just starting to negotiate new legislation to renew coronavirus aid. But the biggest obstacles to a deal are already coming into view. The Democratic House passed a whopping $3.5 trillion coronavirus response bill more than two months ago and is demanding robust funding to help state and local governments. Republicans want to keep the bill closer to $1 trillion and are insisting on new legal protections for schools, businesses, and charities that are trying to reopen. It’s up to top congressional leaders to bridge the gaps as they negotiate with President Donald Trump's White House.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Flashpoints emerge as lawmakers negotiate new virus aid

Jul. 22, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan Capitol Hill talks have only just begun on a sweeping renewal of coronavirus legislation, but areas of likely agreement — and flashpoints of discord — are becoming apparent as the package starts to take shape. The Democratic House passed a whopping $3.5 trillion...