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Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) in the Capitol in 2018. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Tuesday proposed a $908 billion coronavirus stimulus package, in one of the few concrete steps toward COVID relief made by Congress in several months.

Why it matters: Recent data shows that the economic recovery is floundering as coronavirus cases surge and hospitals threaten to be overwhelmed heading into what is likely to be a grim winter.

Timing: The framework drops hours before Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plan to discuss coronavirus relief — their first talks since October.

The big picture: Most lawmakers still see only a small chance for passage of a comprehensive relief package before the end of the year, given how far apart Republicans and Democrats remain on key priorities.

  • President-elect Joe Biden has said that he wants Congress to pass coronavirus relief before he takes office in January.
  • Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday McConnell said he has been talking to House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, Mnuchin and chief of staff Mark Meadows about a COVID relief bill that could gain Trump's support.

Breakdown of the proposed funding:

  • State and local: $160 billion
  • Additional unemployment insurance: $180 billion
  • Small business Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), EIDL and restaurants: $288 billion
  • Transportation: $45 billion
  • Vaccine development, distribution and testing: $16 billion
  • Healthcare provider relief fund: $35 billion
  • Education: $82 billion
  • Student loans: $4 billion
  • Housing assistance: $25 billion
  • Nutrition/Agriculture: $26 billion
  • U.S. Postal Service: $10 billion
  • Child care: $10 billion
  • Broadband: $10 billion
  • Opioid treatment: $5 billion

The plan also provides short-term federal protection from coronavirus-related lawsuits.

Read the framework via DocumentCloud.

This post has been updated with comments from Mitch McConnell.

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Why it matters: The announcement came as L.A. became the first county to surpass 1 million COVID-19 cases, straining the area's already overwhelmed health care system.

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Why it matters: President Trump ordered entry bans lifted for travelers from the U.K., Ireland, Brazil and much of Europe to go into effect Jan. 26, but the Biden administration will "strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19," Jen Psaki said. Biden will be inaugurated on Wednesday, Jan. 20 and Trump will no longer be president by the time the order is set to go into effect.

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Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies have pushed false conspiracy theories about the company, leading Dominion to take legal action. It's suing pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation and $1.3 billion in damages, and a Dominion employee has sued Trump himself, OANN and Newsmax.