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Democrats Scale Back on Stimulus to Prod McConnell to Talk

  • Pelosi, Schumer say $908 billion plan a basis for negotiations
  • Move is first public retreat from stance on larger relief plan
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WATCH: President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday urged Congress to pass a “robust package.”Source: Bloomberg
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Democrats are making a bid to break the standoff on a new stimulus package with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer scaling back demands on a relief plan, as President-elect Joe Biden urged Congress to find a bipartisan path forward.

Retreating from the $2.4 trillion pandemic relief package they had been pushing before the election, Pelosi and Schumer said a $908 billion proposal from a bipartisan group of lawmakers should serve as the baseline for negotiations with congressional Republicans and the White House.