Covid plan impasse in US Senate over debate on benefits

Washington (AFP) – Progress on US President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid relief package stalled Friday in the evenly divided Senate as Democrats struggled to maintain unity over key elements of the plan broadly opposed by Republicans. The chamber kicked off what was already expected to be a marathon session set to include dozens of votes on amendments to the American Rescue Plan, which the White House has pressured Democrats to clear through Congress in the coming days. The Senate’s Democratic leader Chuck Schumer aimed to get the mammoth measure across the finish like this week, warning co…

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