A Dinner, a Deal and Moonshine: How the Stimulus Came Together

Opinion December 22, 2020

A Dinner, a Deal and Moonshine: How the Stimulus Came Together

A week before Thanksgiving, a small group of moderate senators gathered in the spacious living room of Senator Lisa Murkowski’s home on Capitol Hill to embark on what they considered an urgent assignment.

They were there — eating Tuscan takeout as they sat socially distanced, with the windows open to let the cold air circulate as a coronavirus precaution — to talk about how to get the Senate, polarized and paralyzed on nearly every issue, working again.

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