McConnell Seeking to Restart COVID Relief Bill Negotiations: In a busy week in Washington, DC, Joe Biden, declared president-elect by several news agencies over the weekend, has begun to form his transition team, while President Trump has sought to challenge the election results in a number of closely contested states. On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated that he would like to resume negotiations on passing a COVID-19 relief package but acknowledged that he and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi remain far apart on its size and composition. Mr. McConnell supports a relatively modest $500 billion bill, while Speaker Pelosi has not moved away from the more than $2 trillion in spending passed by the House in early October, and differences remain on key provisions such as support to state and local governments, school aid, and vaccination distribution funding. Prospects therefore remain dim for passage until after Mr. Biden takes office on January 20th. The president-elect has said that passage of a relief bill is an immediate priority. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday on a challenge to strike down the Affordable Care Act. If struck down, coverage of more than 23 million people under the law, primarily through Medicaid expansion in several states, could be in jeopardy. Based on the justices' questions during the hearing, it appears that the court will uphold the law, but a decision will not be handed down until June 2021. President-elect Biden campaigned on a promise to defend and expand the law, and the incoming Congress could be considering legislation related to the act early next year. Lutheran Services in America continues to work with other nonprofit organizations to urge passage of a COVID-19 relief bill now with additional Paycheck Protection Program funding and other support to aid them through the COVID-19 pandemic. Coronavirus Resources Lutheran Services in America has compiled a list of COVID-19 news and resources that is regularly updated. In particular, we are tracking philanthropic and federal funding opportunities and requirements for our members and compiling a list of upcoming webinars, meetings, and events. Be sure to check out these pages and feel free to reach out to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with any related questions you have.