Amid the public health emergency, Democrats have repeatedly called on President Trump to extend work authorizations to undocumented immigrants. They've also tried—and failed—in the face of opposition from Republicans and the administration to pass these same protections.
The wide array of proposals represents the disagreements over how the federal government should continue to combat the record number of job losses and foreshadows the political negotiations to come.
Mounting hesitance among conservatives for any further economic relief—much less thousands of dollars for individuals—has the potential to sideline another bipartisan stimulus when coupled with Democrats' expeditious desire to dole out sums of money to the countless number of frontline workers.
The relief for businesses will be distributed by the Small Business Administration, though it's unclear how long this additional batch of money will last as the initial $350 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program was depleted within roughly two weeks.
As the White House drew fire for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, senior adviser Jared Kushner was setting the wheels in motion to create a ventilator and PPE exchange program. His former college roommate, Adam Boehler, "one of the best innovators in health care," was tapped to lead it.
Citing the soaring national debt from several coronavirus relief packages, Mitch McConnell says another one won't be passing his chamber anytime soon.
The emergency relief is expected to pass Congress and be signed into law by President Donald Trump as early as Thursday.
Democrats have positioned themselves exceptionally well for this November to defend the dozens of House seats they flipped two years ago and to retain control of the chamber.
Senator Angus King said he's "never been so mad about a phone call in my life" after a call between Senate Democrats and members of the White House coronavirus task force Friday afternoon about the country's testing capabilities.
"Here's where we are, a week later, with absolutely no progress," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.
First quarter fundraising results don't bode well for Republicans looking to take back control of the House of Representatives from Democrats.
At the current rate of depletion for the Paycheck Protection Program, which was allotted $349 billion by Congress, funds are expected to run dry on Thursday.
By offering workers the opportunity and affordability to remain on their employer-based plan by subsidizing COBRA premiums, Democrats said it could avoid coverage gaps or forcing people to change plans or providers amid a pandemic.
Both Obama's endorsement of Biden and Clinton included a call for unity and praise for Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator who failed to clinch the nomination in both primary contests.
"It was time to turn on all the machines and see what I could do," 22-year-old Dominic Dell Antonia told Newsweek. "It turns out I could do a lot more than I thought I could."
In a little more than a week, more than half the money Congress gave for small business loans have been approved to owners for operating and payroll costs.
Will the stimulus checks be seized by debt collectors? Will the money be taxed? How soon will checks hit bank accounts? All of your burning questions are answered here.
"This [Fall] is going to be a referendum on how'd we do with fighting the coronavirus. All the incumbents—Democrats, Republicans—are certainly getting the benefit of the doubt," one campaign analyst told Newsweek.
The decision to prevent the relief from passing came despite another 6.6 million people filing for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the total number of Americans who've said they've found themselves jobless in the past three weeks.
Senate Democrats are expected to block a GOP measure for $250 billion more for small businesses and instead offer a broader proposal of their own. How lawmakers will overcome the impasse remains to be seen.
Farmers, nonprofits and minority- and veteran-owned businesses could be among the beneficiaries—but getting the hundreds of billions of dollars in the hands of the business owners in a timely fashion could be complicated.
The delegate math eventually became stacked against Sanders in 2016, and that is now the case for him in 2020.
The hazard pay would go to employees deemed essential during the pandemic, including those who work in drug and grocery stores, and in health care, sanitation and transportation.
The Senate majority leader's re-election campaign raised $7.45 million in the first three months of the year and has the "most-ever cash on hand for any campaign" in the state's history, with $14.85 million.
All ballots already cast will remain valid and tallied, the Wisconsin governor said. A federal judge has determined that absentee ballots will be accepted until April 13 at 4 p.m.
The push for another massive stimulus for benefits that will go directly in Americans' pockets is a change in tune for Democrats, who until last week were advocating for an infrastructure-centered "Phase 4" package.
The ad comes as an increasing number of voters disapprove of the president's handling of the pandemic that's killed more than 6,500 Americans.
Increasing Congress' oversight ability of coronavirus relief packages faces hurdles, including fierce accusations from Republicans of injecting partisan politics into a global health crisis—tension that could exacerbate talks as Democrats push for more aid amid skyrocketing unemployment numbers.
If history has anything to say about politics and unemployment relates, it's that the higher the jobless rate, the less likely an incumbent president is to win re-election. But the coronavirus is uncharted territory.
Republicans want to ensure a $2 trillion relief package is implemented properly before setting their sights on doling out more federal funds.