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McConnell Refuses to Back Bipartisan Stimulus, Slowing Talks

  • Senate GOP chief continues to tout his own, smaller effort
  • Bipartisan negotiations slow, with clock ticking down
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Mitch McConnell Touts Smaller Stimulus Plan, Risking Deal
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Almost a week after Democratic congressional leaders climbed down from their demand for a multi-trillion dollar stimulus package, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continued to tout his own plan, dimming prospects for a proposed bipartisan compromise as the basis for a deal.

McConnell’s top priority -- federal limits on Covid-19 related lawsuits against businesses -- has emerged as a key potential deal-breaker, along with state and local aid that Democrats want. Republicans have balked at the six-month moratorium on lawsuits proposed in a bipartisan stimulus package, saying it’s too limited.