u.s. capitol

Lawmakers Say COVID-19 Relief Bill Won’t Offer $1,200 Checks

  With time running out, lawmakers are closing in on a proposed COVID-19 relief bill that would provide roughly $300 in extra federal weekly unemployment benefits but not another round of $1,200 in direct payments to most Americans. That’s an issue that President-elect Joe Biden will have to wrestle over with a new Congress next year. The $908 billion aid…

U.S. Capitol Closing to Public Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Congress is shutting the Capitol and all House and Senate office buildings to the public until April in reaction to the spread of the coronavirus. The House and Senate sergeants at arms said in a statement that the closure will begin at 5 p.m. EDT today. Lawmakers, aides, journalists and official visitors will be allowed into the buildings. The statement…