Opinion | Will Congress Ever Break the Covid Relief Standoff?

It is distressing that good economic policies often make bad politics and therefore aren’t adopted. Examples abound, including carbon taxes to combat climate change and broadening the tax base by closing loopholes. This is sad but familiar turf.

But the seemingly interminable delay in getting another coronavirus relief package through Congress is different—and weird. America is in the middle of a pandemic-induced emergency, with money from March’s Cares Act drying up. Providing more relief to a struggling populace is sound…