No Action on Spending Bill or COVID-19 Relief in Congress

As the lame duck session continues, it is becoming more unlikely that congressional leaders will be able to reach an agreement on a COVID-19 relief package or a large “omnibus” appropriations bill to wrap up this year’s business. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a letter on Tuesday urging him to negotiate with their party on a coronavirus relief bill. The most likely outcome at this time is to pass another stopgap spending bill, or Continuing Resolution, to fund the government through late February or early March, with limited bipartisan COVID-19 aid attached.