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Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake talk to reporters in the Capitol. Photo: Tasos Katopodis / Getty Images

Moderate Senate Republicans and Democrats convened in Susan Collins' office this afternoon in a bipartisan attempt to resolve the government shutdown. On entering, Sen. Lindsey Graham told reporters that he expected a breakthrough tonight — with a three-week continuing resolution and an "understanding" to move forward soon on DACA — and blasted White House senior adviser Stephen Miller by name for contributing to the impasse on immigration:

“As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating immigration, we're going nowhere. He’s been an outlier for years.”
— Sen. Lindsey Graham

The participants, per Politico's Elana Schor:

  • Democrats: Joe Donnelly (IN), Maggie Hassan (NH), Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Doug Jones (AL), Tim Kaine (VA), Angus King (ME, independent — but caucuses with Democrats), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Joe Manchin (WV), Gary Peters (MI), Jeanne Shaheen (NH), and Mark Warner (VA).
  • Republicans: Susan Collins (ME), Bob Corker (TN), Jeff Flake (AZ), Lindsey Graham (SC), Johnny Isakson (GA), and Mike Rounds (SD).

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House passes $1.9 trillion COVID relief package

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The House approved President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package on a 219-212 vote early Saturday morning, sending it to the Senate for a possible rewrite before it gets to Biden's desk.

The big picture: The vote was a critical first step for the package, which includes $1,400 cash payments for many Americans, a national vaccination program, ramped-up COVID testing and contact tracing, state and local funding and money to help schools reopen.

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Biden says it's "not the time to relax" after touring vaccination site

President Biden speaking after visiting a FEMA Covid-19 vaccination facility in Houston on Feb. 26. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said Friday that "it's not the time to relax" coronavirus mitigation efforts and warned that the number of cases and hospitalizations could rise again as new variants of the virus emerge.

Why it matters: Biden, who made the remarks after touring a vaccination site in Houston, echoed CDC director Rochelle Walensky, who said earlier on Friday that while the U.S. has seen a recent drop in cases and hospitalizations, "these declines follow the highest peak we have experienced in the pandemic."

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