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Republicans Back Stimulus Checks But Payroll Tax Cut in Question

  • Negotiations on virus relief enter more serious, urgent phase
  • Both parties aim to get legislation passed by end of month
Stimulus Checks With President Trump's Name Sent Out To Americans

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Republicans crafting their own plan for a new U.S. virus-relief bill broadly endorsed a fresh round of stimulus checks to individuals, extended supplemental jobless benefits and more money for testing while voicing doubts over President Donald Trump’s desired payroll tax cut.

The details remained in flux Tuesday as GOP senators hashed out their opening bid in negotiations with Democrats on legislation to prop up the hobbled U.S. economy. The differences between the GOP and White House threatens to push any action on the stimulus into August.