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The U.S. Set Up These Programs to Offset Covid Hardship. They’re All About to Expire.

  • Crisis programs will run out and there’s deadlock on renewal
  • Unemployment insurance is key deadline; evictions a major risk
Jolene Balatgek, loads food into the back of a person's car. During a food distribution at the Salem United Methodist Church in Shoemakersville, PA on July 15, 2020. 

Jolene Balatgek, loads food into the back of a person's car. During a food distribution at the Salem United Methodist Church in Shoemakersville, PA on July 15, 2020. 

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America’s leaders face an urgent set of decisions on whether to extend history’s biggest rescue effort -- or let parts of it lapse.

The government approved more than $2 trillion of extra spending after the coronavirus brought swaths of industry and commerce to a sudden halt. Some measures targeted those who took the biggest hit, like the unemployed and small business. Others were across-the-board, reaching every corner of the economy.