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Republican coronavirus bill hits roadblock in U.S. Senate; negotiations continue

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Republican coronavirus bill hits roadblock in U.S. Senate; negotiations continue

 

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks to media after leaving the Senate floor after a meeting to wrap up work on coronavirus economic aid legislation, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Washington, U.S., March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. Senate on Sunday were voting to block a coronavirus response bill as they pushed for more funding to help hospitals and others hurt by the outbreak.

 

With a procedural vote still underway, the Democrats had more than the minimum 41 votes needed to stop the Republican bill from advancing.

 

Privately, negotiations were continuing on a revised bill after Democrats said this one was skewed too heavily toward helping corporations at the expense of workers and families.

 

(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2020-03-23
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