Congress in frantic race to strike stimulus deal

Congressional leaders on Saturday morning were still scrambling to clinch a coronavirus relief deal, just two days before lawmakers face the threat of yet another shutdown.Both chambers now plan to hold a rare weekend session days before Christmas, with negotiators in both parties saying they aim to reach a final agreement within hours.Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and their staff have slowly inched closer to a long-sought stimulus deal, though talks hit a snag Friday over a dispute over the Federal Reserve’s emergency lending powers.In his remarks Saturday morning on the Senate floor, McConnell warned against dragging the talks out and urged for a swift agreement that includes more federal unemployment aid, as well as funding for schools, direct stimulus checks for Americans, vaccines, and the Paycheck Protection Program. “There’s a kind of gravitational pull here in Congress. Unless we are careful any major negotiation can

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By Sarah Ferris, Heather Caygle and Marianne LeVine

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