Stimulus update: Emerging $900B COVID-19 aid package has all but collapsed

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WASHINGTON — An emerging $900 billion COVID-19 aid package from a bipartisan group of lawmakers has all but collapsed after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republican senators won’t support $160 billion in state and local funds as part of a potential trade-off in the deal.

McConnell’s staff conveyed to top negotiators Thursday that the GOP leader sees no path to an agreement on a key aspect of the lawmakers’ existing proposal – a slimmed-down version of the liability shield he is seeking for companies and organizations facing potential COVID-19 lawsuits – in exchange for the state and local funds that Democrats want.


The GOP leader criticized “controversial state bailouts” during a speech in the Senate, as he insists on a more targeted aid package.

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