Top Democrat, Republican in US Congress say COVID aid vote close

The top Democrat and top Republican in the US Congress on Sunday said separately they believed they were “close” to a vote to pass a $900bn package to provide the first new aid in months to an economy hammered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Their remarks followed late-night negotiation in which senators from both parties struck a compromise to clear one of the final hurdles, a dispute over Federal Reserve pandemic lending authorities.

The top Democrat and top Republican in the US Congress on Sunday said separately they believed they were “close” to a vote to pass a $900bn package to provide the first new aid in months to an economy hammered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Their remarks followed late-night negotiation in which senators from both parties struck a compromise to clear one of the final hurdles, a dispute over Federal Reserve pandemic lending authorities.

The top Democrat and top Republican in the US Congress on Sunday said separately they believed they were “close” to a vote to pass a $900bn package to provide the first new aid in months to an economy hammered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Their remarks followed late-night negotiation in which senators from both parties struck a compromise to clear one of the final hurdles, a dispute over Federal Reserve pandemic lending authorities.

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