US Senate begins debating -- and reading -- Covid relief package

Washington (AFP) – The US Senate, whipsawed over the $1.9 trillion Covid rescue package, finally took up the sweeping bill Thursday, with multiple hurdles ahead as President Joe Biden seeks to push his top legislative priority through Congress. Republicans already appeared united in opposing the proposal over its high cost, and lawmakers braced for marathon days that will include up to 20 hours of debate and a lengthy list of amendments that will force contentious votes before the bill’s final passage. But Biden has been desperate to implement its key elements, including direct checks of up to…

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