As Trillions Flow Out the Door, Stimulus Oversight Faces Challenges

A sprawling system meant to police trillions of dollars is showing signs of strain as watchdogs warn of waste, fraud and abuse. By Alan Rappeport and Glenn Thrush WASHINGTON — Lawmakers have unleashed more than $5 trillion in relief aid over the past year to help businesses and individuals through

A Year of Hardship, Helped and Hindered by Washington

When the coronavirus pandemic struck last March, Kathryn Stewart was working at a gas station in rural Michigan and living in her mother’s trailer with eight relatives, three dogs and a budget with no room for error. Her mother, who is disabled, soon urged her to quit to avoid bringing

Congress Strikes Long-Sought Stimulus Deal to Provide $900 Billion in Aid

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders reached agreement on Sunday on a $900 billion stimulus package that would provide direct payments and jobless aid to struggling Americans and badly needed funds for small businesses, hospitals, schools and vaccine distribution, overcoming months of stalemate on a measure intended to bolster the pandemic-battered economy.