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GOP Rekindles Deficit Concerns, Adding Snag to Talks on Aid

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Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnellPhotographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg

The flood of pandemic-relief spending from Washington has rekindled deficit concerns among Republican lawmakers, one of several hurdles facing the next round of stimulus many economists say is needed to pull the U.S. out of its downward spiral.

After backing almost $3 trillion to offset the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans now have begun raising alarms about the deficit and characterizing a new relief package as an if, not when, proposition.