Bipartisan group in Congress pushes $908 billion Covid-19 relief bill

WASHINGTON — A bipar­ti­san group of law­mak­ers out­lined a tem­po­rary $908 bil­lion coro­n­avirus relief pro­pos­al on Tues­day, far less than Democ­rats had hoped for, aimed at break­ing a stale­mate that has per­sist­ed for months.

The pro­pos­al, which includes more unem­ploy­ment ben­e­fits, must still get the approval of Repub­li­can and Demo­c­ra­t­ic lead­er­ship and is designed to include ele­ments that will sat­is­fy both par­ties. It doesn’t include some pop­u­lar pro­vi­sions, like anoth­er round of direct pay­ments to fam­i­lies, and lasts through March 31.

The plan was described as a “bridge” and faces a steep uphill climb as par­ty lead­ers remain far apart on the price tag and details. Demo­c­ra­t­ic lead­er­ship con­tin­ues to push for a $2.2 tril­lion relief pack­age. Repub­li­can lead­er­ship is push­ing for a $500 bil­lion pack­age that has fal­tered in the Sen­ate amid a lack of bipar­ti­san support.

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