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Biden, Harris and others to promote relief plan’s benefits

Let the sales push begin. President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses have begun an ambitious, cross-country tour this week to highlight the benefits of his $1.9 trillion plan to defeat the coronavirus and boost the economy. The roadshow – dubbed the “Help is Here” tour by the White House – began […]

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House approves bill giving all veterans access to the COVID-19 vaccine

More vaccines could be on the way to those who served our country. The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill by Congressman Vern Buchanan to give all veterans access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Many veterans in Southwest Florida were asking questions about when they’ll receive the vaccine. And, hopefully, those efforts will come to […]

Pandemic relief package offers lifeline to restaurants devastated by coronavirus

Restaurants devastated by the coronavirus outbreak are getting a lifeline from the pandemic relief package that’s awaiting final approval in the House. The bill passed by the Senate on Saturday adds money to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and provides indirect help to small businesses in general through stimulus payments and unemployment benefits. But restaurants […]

Congress averts shutdown; fight continues over pandemic aid

Congress swiftly passed a two-day stopgap spending bill Friday night, averting a partial government shutdown and buying time for frustratingly slow endgame negotiations on an almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package. The virus aid talks remain on track, both sides said, but closing out final disagreements is proving difficult. The House passed the temporary […]

Bipartisan group of lawmakers unveils framework for $908 billion COVID-19 relief bill

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is circulating a framework for their $908 billion coronavirus relief proposal, but the six-page summary obtained by CBS News does not include specifics on liability protections and aid to state and local governments, two of the major sticking points in negotiations. The summary includes an “agreement in principle to provide […]