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Axios Political and White House Editor Margaret Talev (R), and Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) Photo: Axios

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) wants to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit to help ease the economic burden the coronavirus pandemic has caused.

The big picture: A member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Moore said at an Axios virtual event on Tuesday that she wants the tax credit to reach "people who make $15 or $16 an hour and still can't make ends meet."

  • Moore said she wants students and family caretakers to qualify for the tax credit, so they can "have their work honored, respected and recognized as work."
  • "I think that will go a long way toward helping us stand up an economy that every American ought to be able to be engaged in," Moore said.

How it works: The Earned Income Tax Credit is designed to lower federal income taxes for low- or moderate-income workers and often results in a refund.

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McConnell says he will not put $1.8 trillion stimulus bill on Senate floor

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The stimulus negotiations are beginning to remind me of running on a treadmill — lots of effort, no forward motion.

Driving the news: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday that he would not put a potential $1.8 trillion+ deal struck by Democrats and the Trump administration on the Senate floor. "My members think half a trillion dollars, highly targeted is the best way to go," he said.

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Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador during a press conference at National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, on Wednesday. Photo: Ismael Rosas/Eyepix Group/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced Sunday evening that he's tested positive for COVID-19.

Driving the news: López Obrador tweeted that he has mild symptoms and is receiving medical treatment. "As always, I am optimistic," he added. "We will all move forward."

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor of Arkansas

Sarah Huckabee Sanders at FOX News' studios in New York City in 2019. Photo: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will announce Monday that she's running for governor of Arkansas.

The big picture: Sanders was touted as a contender after it was announced she was leaving the Trump administration in June 2019. Then-President Trump tweeted he hoped she would run for governor, adding "she would be fantastic." Sanders is "seen as leader in the polls" in the Republican state, notes the Washington Post's Josh Dawsey, who first reported the news.