In the News – December 22

The Latest News The Policy Circle Team is Reading

We’ve gathered articles, videos, and analysis to dive-deeper into timely topics about the policy issues and opportunities that impact us all. Explore below and if you have additional news you think we should share, send us an email.

Holiday Relief

After months of negotiations and extended working sessions, Congress has passed a coronavirus relief package – the first time Congress has passed additional aid since April. The year-end spending bill, which totals $2.3 trillion, is the second-largest economic relief measure in U.S. history, only behind March’s Cares Act.

The agreement includes stimulus checks of up to $600 per person for individuals earning $75,000 per year and married couples who earn up to $150,000, with $600 more for each dependent under 18 living in the same household.

It would also extend unemployment insurance and federal unemployment insurance — $300 a week — and provide over $284 billion more in loans for businesses struggling to pay rent and workers, $69 billion for testing and vaccine distribution and $82 billion for colleges and schools.

Meanwhile, as the Coronavirus vaccine continues to be released to frontline workers and the most vulnerable in the U.S., a new variant of the virus is spreading rapidly in the UK, prompting some countries to lock down travel from the country.

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