Senate leaves for holiday recess

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Senators headed home a day early on Wednesday for their Thanksgiving recess with COVID-19 relief talks still at an impasse.

The last round of coronavirus relief legislation, which included extra unemployment benefits, expired in July.

Further provisions, including jobless benefits for those who expend their state unemployment, and pandemic funding for state and local governments, are set to expire at the end of the year.

The House passed its own follow-up legislation months ago, but the Senate and White House have not agreed on a relief bill and show no sign of doing so before the year ends.

“I just get the sense that Mitch McConnell sees absolutely zero urgency,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

The Senate will return Nov. 30, just 3 weeks before another recess for the rest of the year.

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