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US Congress closes in on $900 bn Covid-19 aid bill as Friday deadline looms

Negotiators were looking for a way to shift the approach to aiding hard-hit state and local governments, which has been a key Democratic priority but opposed by Republicans

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Top members of the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives and Republican-controlled Senate sounded more positive than they have in months on a fresh response to a crisis that has killed more than 304,000 Americans

Richard Cowan | Reuters Washington
US congressional negotiators on Wednesday were "closing in on" a $900 billion Covid-19 aid bill that will include $600 to $700 stimulus checks and extended unemployment benefits, as a Friday deadline loomed, lawmakers and aides said.
 
Top members of the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives and Republican-controlled Senate sounded more positive than they have in months on a fresh response to a crisis that has killed more than 304,000 Americans and thrown millions out of work.
 
Their aides were struggling on Wednesday to draft legislative language as rates of Covid-19 infections are soaring to new highs, even as the United States

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First Published: Dec 17 2020 | 3:29 AM IST

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