Here’s where things stand in Congress’ $900 billion relief package negotiations

Lawmakers in Washington are attempting to hammer out final details of a new coronavirus stimulus aid package. They must do so before midnight Sunday, when the federal government is currently set to shut down, unless Congress passes legislation attached to the stimulus bill that would keep it open.

Fortunately, leaders of both parties say they are close to a deal.

“It appears that, barring a major mishap, the Senate and House will be able to vote on final legislation as early as tonight,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Sunday afternoon.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell echoed this optimism, …

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Grab an apron and learn to make winter snowball truffles in a kid-friendly cooking workshop from Tiny Chefs. In the interactive class, instructors will teach children ages 6 to 12 how to make the delicious chocolate and coconut confections, and introduce skills like following a recipe and measuring ingredients. Tickets are $25 per household, and registration closes at midnight on Dec. 20. Participants will be sent a recipe in advance.

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Congressional Leaders Work to finalize a $900 Billion Stimulus Deal

Senators broke through an impasse late Saturday night over a Republican effort to curtail the powers of the Federal Reserve, clearing away what had been seen as the final hurdle to a deal on a $900 billion stimulus compromise as lawmakers raced against a Sunday-night deadline to avoid a government shutdown.

With time running out for a deal, Senator Patrick J. Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, agreed to narrow his effort to rein in the central bank, according to three aides familiar with the discussion. All three aides, speaking on the condition of anonymity, noted that the precise language was still