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Flashpoints emerge as lawmakers negotiate new virus aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is just starting to negotiate new legislation to renew coronavirus aid, but the biggest obstacles to a deal are already coming into view.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is set to unveil a $1 trillion COVID-19 aid package Thursday.

The Democratic House passed a whopping $3.5 trillion coronavirus response bill more than two months ago and is demanding robust funding to help state and local governments.

Republicans want to keep the bill closer to $1 trillion and are insisting on new legal protections for schools, businesses and charities that are trying to reopen.

It's up to congressional leaders to bridge the gaps as they negotiate with President Donald Trump's White House.

Associated Press

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