US stimulus deal 'hard' to accomplish before election: Mnuchin

Washington (AFP) – Getting a new stimulus spending package approved by Congress is unlikely before the November 3 presidential election but negotiations will continue nonetheless, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday.Lawmakers have tried fruitlessly for months to reach an agreement on a follow-up to the $2.2 trillion CARES Act after key provisions of that rescue measure expired, depriving unemployed workers of needed support and sparking mass layoffs by US airlines.Talks resumed in recent weeks but with the election drawing ever nearer and Democrats and Republicans still argui…

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