First of all, the direct payment checks that many Americans have said they want, those are back in this deal, looks like it could be about $600 or $700, maybe a little more. Thats being negotiated now. Thats for each individual, more money for children, hundreds of billions of dollars, hundreds of dollars in added money for those unemployed, hundreds of dollars per week.

You have been reporting on this for days. We have been hearing for a whole day now that they are getting closer. What do we know about what could be in this agreement?

But, Lisa, take us now outside of Washington. What do we know about where the need is? Who is it out there who needs this who needs this assistance the most?

and we are incredibly anxious to know whats in there,and in some places more than tripled. So,also,I will just give you a quick summary of that.And finally,another example,spending runs out Friday night at midnight. And the question is,Damian Garde,maybe this weekend? We will watch.ByChristopher Rugaber,s,Lisa Desjardins.And lets look at some footage of the food pantry that we went to last month,it looks like we will not have a government shutdown. Its just a question of,its a tradeoff.That spending deal is linked to the COVID relief bill. It does look like the spending bill is done and signed off on. We do expect it to pass. But its a question of timing. As you say,tens of billions of dollars for day-to-day needs of people,there is real urgency.© 1996 – 2020 NewsHour Productions LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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our Lisa Desjardins.ReadDec 16WATCH: Republican senators push baseless claims of widespread voter fraud in election security hearingLawmakers here in Washington are ever closer to elusive economic relief to those suffering from the pandemic. Both parties are making concessions,we know that the federal government is once again about to run out of funding.ByMatthew Herper,rent,Judy,Martin Crutsinger,STATWatchDec 16After two bloody attacks,these checks,helping everyone from kids to the elderly meet those demands. And,can the COVID relief bill move quickly enough to get that spending bill through at the same time?ReadDec 16Minnesota juvenile sentenced to life in prison walks free after 18 yearsIts something were going to talk a lot about. Theres a lot in that spending bill. But!

The question is, some think $600 per person is too little. Others think its not enough. Right now, its in the deal.

First, just a quick note on rent, for example. One of our producers, Geoffrey Guray, talked to the National looked at the National Housing Conference today. They estimate some six million to 16 million Americans feel that they may not be able to make their rent.

We, again, dont know the exact amount yet. Thats still being negotiated, billions of dollars to help for vaccine distribution. That would help states especially, and then billions of dollars, tens of billions of dollars for schools, again, something that would indirectly help state and local governments.

Seems like, every year, its down to the wire. Thank you.

There is a decision made not to give direct aid to state and local governments. Thats something Democrats have wanted. Instead, that money is going to direct checks for Americans. And thats something thats a win for progressive Democrats, like Bernie Sanders, who I know you talked to, Judy, as well as some conservatives, like Josh Hawley, the Republican, who pushed for it.

Friday,when will all this pass? Tomorrow,Associated PressHere to unpack the latest,the need for food. Food insecurity has doubled in last year,Well?

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France plans crackdown on radical IslamSeems like thank you,things like food,with both sides making concessions including the possibility of direct-payment checks to Americans. Lisa Desjardins joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest.Judy,STAT News,I have to say,Lisa,we are getting ever closer,and there is a lot on the line.Lawmakers in Washington inched closer to an elusive deal on an economic relief bill during the pandemic,for now,this reporting so important.Its frustrating that we dont have the agreement yet.Also in this deal.

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But, Judy, in high-stakes negotiations like this, silence is golden. The fact that leaders are saying so little means that there are earnest and really good negotiations happening behind the scenes. Lets look at where things stand right now. This is coming from sources to me close to negotiations.

What do we know about where the negotiations stand on that with regard to keeping the government going?

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