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Democrats Push Ahead With Virus Plan Amid Break in Talks

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House Democrats are pushing to complete their next coronavirus-aid proposal this week in the face of deepening economic gloom, but talks with the White House and the Republican-controlled Senate are on ice over disagreements over the pace and content of the next package.

Democrats argue for urgent new spending, on top of the roughly $3 trillion allocated so far for businesses, households, states and cities, among others. But some Republicans and President Trump counter that lawmakers should take a wait-and-see stance on more payments and have prioritized other policies, such as shielding businesses from liability. On Friday, the unemployment rate surged in April to a record 14.7% and payrolls dropped by 20.5 million workers, and an economic recovery remains uncertain even as some states loosen restrictions on businesses. 11 May 2020

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