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Recent articles by Christal:

More checks? A payroll tax cut? Trump and Congress split on next coronavirus relief plan

Another round of relief checks? A payroll tax cut? Republicans and Democrats have pitched a number of ideas for the next coronavirus relief package. → Read More

House Intelligence Committee releases Russia probe transcripts with dozens of witnesses, including Trump Jr.

The House Intelligence Committee released transcripts with dozens of witnesses as part of its probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. → Read More

'Children are going hungry': Angelina Jolie urges Congress to increase food stamp benefits in next coronavirus legislation

Actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie is lobbying Congress to increase food assistance to families amid the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

House passes $484 billion coronavirus stimulus for small businesses and hospitals, sends bill to Trump

The $484 billion measure offers funds for the Paycheck Protection Program and sends more money to hospitals struggling because of the coronavirus. → Read More

House passes $484 billion coronavirus stimulus for small businesses and hospitals, sends bill to Trump

The $484 billion measure offers funds for the Paycheck Protection Program and sends more money to hospitals struggling because of the coronavirus. → Read More

House is poised to vote on a nearly $500 billion coronavirus relief bill. What's in it?

The Paycheck Protection Program is the focus of the $484 billion bill, but other programs also will get funding under the coronavirus measure. → Read More

White House, congressional leaders reach deal to replenish halted coronavirus small business loan program

The Paycheck Protection Program, which provides loans to small businesses, was halted Thursday after it allocated all of its initial $349 billion. → Read More

Homeschooling, baking and legislating: members of Congress shepherd the coronavirus response from home

Reps. Tom Reed and Kim Schrier shared video diaries with USA TODAY about how coronavirus has changed day-to-day lives at home and in Congress. → Read More

Congressional leaders near deal on coronavirus bill to replenish small-business program

The White House and congressional leaders near a deal to replenish a program geared to keep small businesses from shuttering. → Read More

Stimulus program for small businesses runs out of money as Congress remains at odds over more funds

The Small Business Administration said it has halted accepting new applications for loans and enrolling new lenders because of the lapse in funds. → Read More

Small business relief in danger of drying up as negotiations stall in coronavirus bill

Billions in additional relief for small businesses at risk of shuttering due to the coronavirus has been left in the crossfire as lawmakers fight over what should go in the emergency package. → Read More

Stimulus program for small business nearly depleted as Congress still negotiating a deal

Over roughly two weeks, about 90% of the billions set aside to help businesses stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic has been allocated. → Read More

Treasury says first coronavirus stimulus checks have gone out and many will get payments by April 15

The IRS has begun delivering stimulus checks of up to $1,200 under a new federal law aimed at reviving the economy amid the coronavirus devastation. → Read More

Treasury says first COVID-19 stimulus checks have gone out, many will get them by April 15

The IRS has begun delivering stimulus checks of up to $1,200 under a new federal law aimed at reviving the economy amid the coronavirus devastation. → Read More

Democrats block $250 billion boost for small businesses, saying help needed for hospitals, other priorities

Senate Democrats say other needs, such as hospital funding and emergency grants for small stores, are higher priorities since the PPP still has money. → Read More

Mnuchin promises stimulus checks for many in 2 weeks after Democrats warn it could be months

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said many Americans can expect to see $1,200 stimulus checks show up in their bank accounts in about two weeks. → Read More

House approves historic coronavirus package, sending $2 trillion bill to Trump’s desk

Frustrated and angry House lawmakers were rushing back to Washington, taking red-eye flights and driving for hours due to threats that one member could block a vital and historic $2 trillion bill to help Americans and businesses reeling from the impacts of the rapidly spreading virus. → Read More

How a divided Congress united behind a $2 trillion package to confront the coronavirus crisis

Bipartisanship looked bleak after Donald Trump's impeachment. Then coronavirus descended and lawmakers banded together on an historic stimulus plan. → Read More

Pelosi says there will be a 'strong bipartisan vote' on coronavirus package, lays out priorities for future stimulus

Trump plans to sign the bill once it clears the House, where it is expected to passed when the body reconvenes at 9 a.m. EDT on Friday. → Read More

Pence staffer tests positive for coronavirus, first among administration aides

Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer said Republican Mitch McConnell's proposal 'puts corporations way ahead of workers' → Read More