The Morning Dispatch: Senate Republicans Unveil the HEALS Act

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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The United States confirmed 54,187 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, with 7.1 percent of the 760,840 tests reported coming back positive. An additional 1,075 deaths were attributed to the virus on Monday—631 of which are the result of Texas catching up on earlier fatalities—bringing the pandemic’s American death toll to 148,009.

  • The White House and Senate Republicans unveiled their $1 trillion coronavirus relief package Monday afternoon. With support from Democrats in the House and Senate required for final passage, the HEALS Act should be viewed more as a starting point for bipartisan negotiations.

  • The first presidential debate of the general election will be moved to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland after the University of Notre Dame withdrew due to coronavirus concerns.

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