Democrats ready first steps toward $1.9 trillion U.S. COVID-19 relief bill

By David Morgan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Democrats in Congress prepared on Tuesday to take the first steps toward fast-track passage of U.S. President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package – and without Republican support if necessary. A fiscal 2021 budget measure, with coronavirus aid spending instructions, was headed for preliminary votes that would help unlock a legislative tool needed for Democrats to enact Biden’s package swiftly in the face of Republican opposition. Republicans have pushed back on Biden’s $1.9 trillion price tag, which follows $4 trillion in C…

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