A NEW $908billion stimulus package with a second round of checks could be agreed on today.
A deal on the new Covid relief package could come as early as this morning, according to reports.
The package would include a new round of stimulus checks.
However, it would not include state and local aid and a liability shield.
The lawmakers are nearing closer to their Friday deadline to confirm a relief plan.
On Tuesday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell instilled hope as he said lawmakers are getting "closer and closer" to an agreement.
"We're making significant progress and I’m optimistic that we’re gonna be able to complete an understanding sometime soon," McConnell said last night.
Despite not confirming the monetary amount of the discussions, he did confirm that "everybody" wants an agreement.
"I'm not gonna get into details but we're getting closer," he said.
"And as I’ve said all week and I’ll say again tonight – you’re tired of hearing it – everybody wants to finish. Everybody wants to get a final agreement as soon as possible. We all believe the country needs it. And I think we’re getting closer and closer."
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy also sounded positive about the Covid relief discussions.
"I think we’ve built a lot of trust. I think we're moving in the right direction. I think there's a possibility of getting it done. So we're finalizing out, to see if it's possible. Let us keep working."
For the Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also sounded optimistic that a deal would be reached soon after leaving her office just before midnight.
"We're all here late … and tomorrow we'll be back early and we’ll be on schedule to get the job done," she said.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer echoed McConnell's comments, confirming that a deal is "getting closer."
"We're talking, we're exchanging paper and ideas back and forth, making progress — and hopefully we can come to an agreement soon," he said. "It's getting closer."
Despite the deadline being just three days away, on Tuesday McConnell hinted that the lawmakers will have discussions past that date if they have to.
"We are not leaving here without a COVID package," McConnell said on Tuesday.
"It’s not going to happen. .. no matter how long it takes, we'll be here."
He went on to say that the sides should take a deal on the points that they agree on now.
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