COVID-19 relief: What's on the table as Congress seeks deal

Nancy Pelosi to serve another term as Speaker after House Dems vote to keep leadership in place      CAPTION Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Posted at 1:09 AM, Dec 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-05 01:11:43-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure from moderates in both parties, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have initiated late-game negotiations in hopes of combining a relief package of, in all likelihood, less than $1 trillion with a separate $1.4 trillion government-wide omnibus spending bill.

After lengthy delays, optimism is finally building in Washington for a COVID-19 aid bill that would offer relief for businesses, the unemployed, schools and health care providers, among others struggling as caseloads are spiking.

Success is not certain and considerable differences remain over details, such as whether to issue a second round of $1,200 direct payments to most Americans.