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Senate Readies Vote on Slimmed-Down Coronavirus Relief Bill That Shields Corporations from Liability

HeadlineDec 08, 2020

In economic news, Congress is poised to pass a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown as negotiations continue for emergency coronavirus relief. Senate Republicans have offered a limited $908 billion coronavirus relief bill that’s far short of the more than $3 trillion stimulus package passed by House Democrats in May.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is warning other members of the Democratic Caucus not to support a Republican-backed measure that would shield corporations from liability if they expose workers or customers to COVID-19.

Meanwhile, The Washington Post reports millions of people who lost their jobs during the pandemic will owe an average of over $5,800 in back rent and utilities by January, as debt to landlords could reach a total of $70 billion after a federal moratorium on evictions expires December 31. This comes as housing and economic justice activists warn of mass evictions.

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