Congress moves closer to emergency relief deal, including direct payments and additional unemployment benefits

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WASHINGTON – A coronavirus relief deal appears to be within reach after months of deadlock in Congress, potentially providing much-needed help to Americans facing the expiration of unemployment benefits and to states distributing the new COVID-19 vaccine. But CNN Reports that Senate Majority Whip John Thune (RS.D.) said it was possible that a brief government shutdown could occur over the weekend, as it might be difficult to pass an interim spending bill before the midnight Friday deadline.

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