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December 16, 2020

Washington Week Ahead: Lawmakers face new deadline for deal

Lawmakers have given themselves one more week to reach a deal on a new coronavirus relief package that congressional leaders want to wrap into a government-wide funding bill for fiscal 2021. 

In a sign of a possible compromise on COVID-19 relief is in the works, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on Sunday that Democrats may not get the state and local aid they believe is needed. 

Democrats “are not going to get everything we want. We think state and local (aid) is important,” he told CNN’s Inside Politics. “And if we can get that we want to get it. But we want to get aid out to the people who are really, really struggling and are at grave risk.” Also this week, members of the electoral college meet Monday to formally ratify Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election. The Supreme Court cleared the last remaining hurdle on Friday when it summarily dismissed a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas to challenge the legality of the election in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Each state has a number of electors equal to the size of its congressional delegation. Read more