Coronavirus live updates: Elected officials blame rush to reopen as cases hit record for 27th day
July 6, 2020 at 8:31 AM EDT
Congress departs for two-week recess without addressing coronavirus spikes, economic strains
The House and Senate have adjourned for a two-week recess without addressing the alarming new rise in coronavirus infections, setting up an intense struggle when they return over what might be the final major relief package for the pandemic.
Ignoring Democrats’ demands for immediate action, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has focused on other issues in recent weeks, such as an annual defense policy bill and confirming President Trump’s nominees. When the Senate comes back into session July 20, McConnell plans to turn his attention back to the coronavirus, giving lawmakers just three weeks to negotiate and pass a big rescue bill before they adjourn again through Labor Day.
It appeared many states were going to accelerate their reopening plans last month, but a number of governors have reversed course after a large increase in cases in the past several weeks. Several governors have ordered bars to stay closed, and many small businesses remain shuttered. An additional 1.4 million Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, an elevated level that has persisted for more than three months.
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Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that he hopes to issue guidelines “in a week or so” for the state’s gyms to eventually reopen, a slight nudge forward for a flailing fitness industry that has been largely shuttered during the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking during a virtual conference call with some of the state’s fitness leaders, investor […]
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