Emboldened moderates force progress in stalled Covid talks

The Problem Solvers may have actually solved something. For once.Fed up by months of inaction over coronavirus relief, House and Senate centrists are showing newfound force and influence, bucking their leadership this week in the hopes of finally clinching a stimulus deal.Moderates’ surprise $908 billion stimulus proposal appears to have jump-started long-stalled negotiations. On Thursday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell held a rare call to discuss their “shared commitment” to a stimulus package and year-end government funding deal. Just before that, McConnell held a closed-door meeting with a group of Republican moderates — Sens. Susan Collins of Maine), Mitt Romney of Utah), Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. Even President Donald Trump seems to have a renewed interest in a deal.“Congress is filled with lots of great actors. It is devoid of action,” said moderate Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.), a member of the

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By Heather Caygle, Burgess Everett and Sarah Ferris


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