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NPR's Claudia Chrysalis has been talking to both sides and she is with us now. Good morning, Claudia. Good morning. What are you hearing? Where is this deal at this point, So it looks like they made a lot of progress last night. A deal has not been made, but they seem like they are very close. My colleague healthy smells spoke to several folks here and that the sensitive is that it's a roughly $900 billion deal that could include direct payments. Now state and local aid, which is something that Democrats really wanted, doesn't appear to be part of the deal at this point, as well as a liability shield for businesses that have struggled during the pandemic. That is something Republicans want, and it sounds like they're looking at moving forward without both those elements in this, But they hope to address a lot of these other issues when it comes to businesses that are struggling and need these loans to the paycheck protection program and other efforts. So I mean, that sounds like an actual compromise. Where both sides give something up. I mean, were those the main sticking points? The main sticking point was that state local aid and the liability shield. This is where they couldn't reach an agreement and they were held up for months. And this came again up again. I'm sorry in the last few weeks And so this is something they're looking at putting aside completely because they just can't get on the same page and just move forward with what they agree with. So what does this mean For people out there? Americans who desperately need relief right now is they're going to be a round of stimulus checks. That is what they're looking for. It would be less than $1200 in this is compared to what we saw last time. And this is what they're telling my colleague healthy cell and so this is something that they're trying to keep it a lower level because they're trying to keep this amount for this aid under a trillion dollars were trying to keep it around that roughly $900 billion figure and also if you'll recall less week we saw Senator Bernie Sanders Really push this issue and say they're so there needs to be a debate on this floor about these direct payments. So this will address a lot of concerns that we also heard interest from the Trump Administration include these payments as well, Right? I mean, there have been reporting NPR again reporting about how people who didn't even live in America anymore. We're getting some of these direct payments and big organizations that didn't necessarily need Relief. What does this mean for the timeline? If we're seeing this breakthrough right now wins it actually going to get done. This is pretty late in the because the government will run out of money on Friday, and they're trying to include this aid with this overall massive funding bill, but they may meet more time and that means they may need to pass another temporary funding bill. We're on a one week temporary measure right now that runs out on Friday. They may need to do something like that again. In order to close this deal out. All right, NPR, NPR's Claudia Chrysalis Congressional reporter with the latest again Congress getting closer ever yet to reaching a deal. For another round of pandemic related relief. Claudia Thank you very much for your reporting. We appreciate it. Thanks So lines have everyone the president. He liked his name several more officials whose job will include fighting climate change. This is an issue where the new administration has a very different approach from the old one. Biden administration is setting goals for clean energy and arguing that the transition to new fuels will help the economy and Biden AIDS. Talk of this is an issue to address all across the government energy use after all. Much touches Everything. NPR's Scott Dentro is covering the Biden transition. Scott Good Morning. Morning, Steve. Okay, some names here. NPR's reporting Gina McCarthy as domestic climate coordinator. She's a former EPA administrator. What's your job? Yes. So I actually interviewed McCarthy last week for a profile of John Kerry, who's going to be the international counterpart to this job, and I asked her, Won't there be some strangeness to a former Cabinet official in the administration but with someone else in his old job? She paused and laughed and said this well, it's really nice to know about government and it's nice to know what we did what we could do and how we move forward. And that answer makes a lot more sense now because it is the exact position that she is going to be in. She ran the EPA during the Obama years. Now she's going to be the point person tasked with coordinating efforts across departments to address climate change. Joe Biden has set some really ambitious goals, including spending $2 trillion to totally transform the country's energy sector and wants to get it to carbon neutral in 15 years. That is a really aggressive timeline. McCarthy is someone who knows every level of government. She saw a lot of big EPA actions that the Trump administration has since rolled back now divided administration is going to redo those efforts and try to do a lot more all across government as we mentioned, and in that respect. MPR's also learned the pick for energy secretary who is she and where she fit it. Former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm. Throughout the campaign, Biden has made a big point to frame climate plans is all about creating new jobs, utilizing manufacturing and tapping into union work, not slowing it down. Ran home is someone who was involved in the Obama administration's push to work with the auto industry to invest in green technology during the auto bailout. She's been making.

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