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Senate — And Pandemic Relief — Still Hanging In The Balance

November 4, 2020, Law360

Muftiah McCartin and Bill Wichterman spoke with Law360 about the U.S. Senate’s uncertainty and its impact on COVID-19 pandemic relief.

Ms. McCartin says a quick action on a continuing resolution would clear the decks for budget writers to tackle a major stimulus bill and the fiscal year 2022 budget. Other expiring items could get pushed into next year, including a slew of tax extenders that could be paired with Medicare and Medicaid provisions expiring Nov. 30.

Mr. Wichterman says most GOP senators remain staunchly opposed to another bill with a price tag over $1 trillion, and even more so after some better-than-expected economic data from the third quarter. “I'm not sure if Trump will want to start right where the negotiations left off. There was a demonstrable lack of enthusiasm among congressional Republicans,” he adds.

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