If current projections hold, Joe Biden will win the White House while Republicans will retain control of the Senate. For anyone hoping for more economic stimulus, this may seem the worst possible outcome: legislative gridlock is far more likely than new legislation.

Yet all hope is not lost. Passage of a Covid-19 relief bill remains possible, both before the end of 2020 and after the inauguration in January. If House speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to get a Biden administration started on solid footing, she will try to cut a deal with the most powerful Republican in Washington — that remains Senate leader Mitch McConnell — before Biden is sworn in...

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