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Sunday shows preview: Congress inches toward stimulus package amid COVID-19 surge

Negotiations on a new coronavirus relief bill, the surge in coronavirus cases across the U.S. and COVID-19 vaccine distribution are expected to dominate this Sunday’s talk shows. 

Both congressional Democrats and Republicans have made headway this week in negotiations on a deal for another coronavirus relief bill amid pressure to release a new package by Christmas. 

On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of more than a dozen members from both the House and the Senate unveiled a $908 billion coronavirus relief proposal, which would provide another $160 billion for states and cities — a top priority for Democrats — $180 billion for unemployment insurance and $288 billion for more small business assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program.

Following the proposal's release, House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Energy: Lake Mead's decline points to scary water future in West | White House leads opposition to raising gas tax | Biden taps ex-New Mexico lawmaker for USDA post Trump against boycotting Beijing Olympics in 2022 House Democrats' campaign arm raises almost million in May MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerFive takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision Senate confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar Schumer vows to only pass infrastructure package that is 'a strong, bold climate bill' MORE (D-N.Y.) said that they would accept the proposal as a starting point to negotiate. 

At the time of its release, Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinHollywood goes all in for the For the People Act The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle MORE (D-W.Va.), one of the legislation’s authors, called on Congress to quickly pass the bill with a slew of assistance programs set to expire within weeks. 

"This is a COVID emergency relief framework," Manchin said. "It's not the time for political brinkmanship. ... This is going to get us through the most difficult times."

Manchin is set to appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. 

Among the group of lawmakers who backed the bill were Sens. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerOn The Money: Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle | White House rules out gas tax hike Democrats introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for government discrimination Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle MORE (D-Va.) and Bill CassidyBill CassidyCentrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 COVID-19 long-haulers press Congress for paid family leave MORE (R-La.), both of whom will make appearances on CNN’s “State of the Union" and “Fox News Sunday,” respectively. 

News on another stimulus bill comes as pharmaceutical companies developing coronavirus vaccine have applied for approval of their candidates for public distribution. 

Both Moderna and Pfizer have requested emergency authorizations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their respective COVID-19 vaccines. The FDA has scheduled a meeting for Dec. 10 to discuss Pfizer’s request for authorization and Moderna's for a week later, with the possibility of authorization within days after the meetings. 

Head of the Trump administration's vaccine effort, Moncef Slaoui, told reporters Wednesday that the U.S. is hoping to give a COVID-19 vaccine to 100 million people by the end of February. 

Slaoui, who is scheduled to appear on both CNN’s Sunday show and CBS’s “Face the Nation,” said that the predicted number of people represents all of the nation's front line health workers, the elderly and people with underlying health conditions. 

In addition, Deborah BirxDeborah BirxEx-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Tulane adds Hunter Biden as guest speaker on media polarization The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Supreme Court announces unanimous rulings MORE, coordinator of the White House’s coronavirus task force, is expected to be on “Meet the Press” and "America This Week with Eric Bolling" on Sunday. 

 

Below is the full list of guests scheduled to appear on this week’s Sunday talk shows: 

 

ABC’s “This Week” — Alex Azar, health and human services secretary; Sens. Dick DurbinDick DurbinOvernight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 COVID-19 long-haulers press Congress for paid family leave Joe Manchin keeps Democrats guessing on sweeping election bill MORE (D-Ill.) and Mike BraunMichael BraunIU parents protest school's vaccine mandates Rick Scott introduces bill banning 'vaccine passports' for domestic flights Braun-McConnell bill would protect Americans from IRS surveillance MORE (R-Ind.). 

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Birx; Manchin; Gabriel Sterling, voting system implementation manager in the Georgia secretary of state's office.

CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Christopher Krebs, former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency; Dr. James Linder, CEO of Nebraska Medicine; Chicago Mayor Lori LightfootLori LightfootChicago mayor defends her decision to grant interviews exclusively to people of color Daily Caller sues Chicago mayor for limiting interviews to people of color Tulsi Gabbard on Chicago mayor's decision to limit media interviews to people of color: 'Anti-white racism' MORE; Slauoi. 

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Slaoui; Warner; Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassBlack Republican advocates his case for CBC membership Tim Scott: Could be 'very hard' to reach police reform deal by June deadline Police reform negotiations enter crucial stretch MORE (D-Calif.); Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan (R-Ga.). 

“Fox News Sunday” — Azar; Cassidy; former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanFive things to know about the new spotlight on UFOs Extraordinary explanations for UFOs look increasingly plausible Why does the hard left glorify the Palestinians? MORE.

Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures”John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeFive things to know about the new spotlight on UFOs Extraordinary explanations for UFOs look increasingly plausible Sunday shows preview: US hails Israel-Hamas cease-fire; 'vast differences' remain between Biden, GOP on infrastructure MORE, Director of National Intelligence; Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiCourt sets Smartmatic dismissal date on Giuliani, Bartiromo, others Ukraine sanctions two businessmen tied to Giuliani Mo Brooks accuses Swalwell attorney who served papers on his wife of trespassing MORE, attorney for President TrumpDonald TrumpWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Black Secret Service agent told Trump it was offensive to hold rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth: report MORE and former New York City mayor; Ken Starr, Fox News contributor; Alan DershowitzAlan Morton DershowitzMandated vaccinations have historic — and legal — precedent Dershowitz files multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Netflix over portrayal in Epstein series Why does the hard left glorify the Palestinians? MORE, constitutional legal scholar, Harvard Law Professor Emeritus. 

"America This Week with Eric Bolling" — Birx; Giuliani; K.T. McFarland, former deputy national security adviser; Brock Pierce, crypto-currency entrepreneur; Dan Lippman, Politico.