Congress prepares to lurch over unemployment aid cliff

A dysfunctional Congress is about to go careening off yet another fiscal cliff — but this will hurt a hell of a lot more than most.

Tens of million unemployed Americans are about to lose their economic lifeline during the worst recession in 80 years, with eviction protections set to expire at the same time.

As the final unemployment checks are set to be processed this weekend, Capitol Hill has begun to feel some urgency. Still, it’s likely too late, with the two parties far apart on coronavirus relief legislation. House Democrats passed their plan two months ago, which would