Don’t ex­pect re­lief bill be­fore elec­tion

The Times-Tribune - - NATION & WORLD -

Congress, the­o­ret­i­cally, has un­til law­mak­ers re­turn to their dis­tricts and states in the com­ing days for the cam­paign re­cess to pass an­other coro­n­avirus re­lief bill be­fore Elec­tion Day.

But ac­cord­ing to CQ Roll Call’s lat­est Capi­tol In­sid­ers Sur­vey of con­gres­sional aides, law­mak­ers might as well pack it in now. A ma­jor­ity of re­spon­dents on both sides, 78% of Repub­li­cans and 52% of Democrats, said they did not ex­pect Congress to pass an­other re­lief mea­sure be­fore the elec­tion.

CQ Roll Call emailed the poll to aides Sept. 14 and they had un­til Sept. 22 to re­spond. Of the 132 who did, 67 iden­ti­fied as Democrats, 64 as Repub­li­cans and one as in­de­pen­dent.

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