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New stalemate in Congress; $900B Covid aid package collapses after McConnell blocks plan for $160B in state and local funds

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

A $900billion Covid-19 aid package has all but collapsed in Congress after Mitch McConnell said the GOP would not support $160billion in state and local funds as part of a potential trade-off in the deal.

McConnell’s staff told top negotiators last night that the Senate majority leader sees no path to an agreement on a key aspect of the proposal. 

In exchange for the $160billion package supported by Democrats, lawmakers had offered McConnell a slimmed-down version of the liability shield…

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