Many said they are counting on an influx of financial support, as they watched bank accounts dwindle since the expiration of most of the previous aid programs in August.

Latonya Carter, 46, has been out of work for six months after losing her job as a cook at an Elks Lodge in Pensacola, Florida. She forces a smile for grandkids, as she worries about her water and lights being shut off. Her job hasn’t returned, because the lodge didn’t reopen. The state denied her unemployment claim.

“I was hoping for another stimulus check so I could pay my bills,” she said. “I’m worried about us being in the dark or being without water. I’ve never experienced anything like this. I just don’t know how it got so bad.”

The decision by President Trump to walk way from the negotiating table is a high-stakes political and economic gamble. The nation still

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