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Airlines, Unions Mount Lobby Blitz for Aid Before Layoffs

  • Last-ditch effort seek extension of aid passed earlier
  • Hard-hit airlines’ payroll protection expires in eight days
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Air carriers and their unions on Tuesday ratcheted up pleas for an extended Covid-19 aid package to forestall layoffs, but a sudden Supreme Court vacancy and partisan rancor are dimming the prospects.

“At this point, it looks like everything is pretty much frozen,” said former Senator Byron Dorgan, who served on the committee overseeing transportation policy. “It doesn’t look like anything is going to happen.”