Top Democrats swing behind bipartisan coronavirus aid bill

Top Democrats swing behind bipartisan coronavirus aid bill

Updated: December 02, 2020 04:54 PM
Created: December 02, 2020 03:43 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic leaders have swung behind a bipartisan COVID-19 relief effort.

They're cutting their demands for a $2 trillion-plus measure by more than half in hopes of breaking a monthslong logjam and delivering much-sought aid at the end of a tempestuous congressional session.

It's aimed at budging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who so far has been unwilling to abandon a $550 million Senate GOP plan that has failed twice this fall.

The new plan would establish a $300 per week jobless benefit, send $160 billion to help state and local governments, revive popular “paycheck protection” subsidies for businesses, and bail out transit systems and airlines. 

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