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Senate Brawl Derails Fast Push for New Coronavirus Relief



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The Senate adjourned on Thursday with no deal to deliver coronavirus aid as Democrats and Republicans rejected each other’s bids for new spending.
Senate Democrats blocked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s attempt to deliver $250 billion in more money for small businesses, arguing that McConnell (R-Ky.) wasn’t negotiating and money was needed urgently elsewhere.
McConnell also stifled Democrats’ attempts to pass a bill marrying the small business aid to $250 billion for hospitals and local governments. As of Thursday afternoon, it seemed unlikely a deal would crystallize before the Senate convenes again on Monday.
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