Covid relief bill back on track afer Senate impasse broken

Washington (AFP) – The US Senate broke a logjam late Friday when a centrist Democrat compromised on a key provision of the Covid relief package, setting the $1.9 trillion bill on a likely path to passage. Democrats had struggled to keep Senator Joe Manchin’s support for expanded unemployment aid in the sprawling measure, and he threatened to side with Republicans in the evenly divided chamber. But the deal, which reduced the jobless benefits, kept Manchin on board and allowed action to resume in the Senate as it navigates toward passage of President Joe Biden’s top legislative priority sometim…

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