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HILL TAX BRIEFING: Relief Stalemate Lingers as Lawmakers Return

Sept. 8, 2020, 10:03 AM

The end of the annual August recess isn’t likely to add momentum behind another pandemic relief package.

Negotiations between the White House and Democratic lawmakers hit a wall in early August, with the two sides far apart on the size and scope of what is needed.

Observers said two recent developments lower the odds for a relief deal: a better-than-expected August jobs report and an agreement to pass a “clean” continuing resolution to fund the government past Sept. 30.

“If they get a sense that the economy is getting better without any further relief from Congress, Congressional Republicans—they feel less ...