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Top Democrats Back Off Demands for Larger COVID-19 Bill

Added 12-02-20 05:07:07pm EST - “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are breaking from their demand for more than $2 trillion in coronavirus relief spending to endorse a bipartisan bill.” - Npr.org

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., are breaking from their demand for more than $2 trillion in coronavirus relief spending. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., are breaking from their demand for more than $2 trillion in coronavirus relief spending.

Updated at 4:52 p.m. ETHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer say a $908 billion coronavirus relief proposal should be the starting point for bipartisan aid.

It is the first time Pelosi, D-Calif., and Schumer, D-N.Y., have accepted any COVID-19 legislation other than the $2.2 trillion bill that passed the House of Representatives in October. But their endorsement comes after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., already rejected the bipartisan proposal.

"In the spirit of compromise we believe the bipartisan framework introduced by Senators yesterday should be used as the basis for immediate bipartisan, bicameral negotiations," Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement. "Of course, we and others will offer improvements, but the need to act is immediate and we believe that with good-faith negotiations we could come to an agreement."

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