Hill leaders press forward on Covid relief talks

Congressional leaders are making a last-ditch attempt to cobble together a stimulus deal before Congress adjourns for the year, hoping to quickly reach agreement on a relief package that’s eluded them for months.Committee leaders in both chambers have begun negotiating legislative text for noncontroversial aspects of the relief package, including small business funding, according to three senior aides familiar with the talks. Democrats insist this effort is in concert with the bipartisan Senate push to reach a broader deal and not in lieu of their proposal. Top Republicans, though, are much more pessimistic on the bipartisan group reaching consensus on the major remaining sticking points.“The negotiations on the spending deal and the Covid stuff that would travel with that, I think is trending in the right direction,” said Senate Majority Whip John Thune on Friday. Thune confirmed the ongoing bipartisan talks focusing on a $908 billion proposal are “a different

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By Heather Caygle and Burgess Everett


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