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Cardin: Federal COVID Relief Bill Falls Short of Goal

December 22nd, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Top Capitol Hill negotiators sealed a deal on a $900 billion COVID-19 economic relief package, finally delivering long-awaited help to businesses and individuals and providing money to deliver vaccines to a nation eager to receive them. The package will establish a temporary $300 per week supplemental jobless benefit and a $600 direct stimulus payment to most Americans, along with a new round of subsidies for hard-hit businesses and money for schools, health care providers and renters facing eviction. Democrats acknowledged it wasn’t as robust a relief package as they initially sought or, they say, the country needs. Maryland U.S. Senator Ben Cardin said he was frustrated a deal wasn't reached much sooner…