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Here’s how the Washington Post have reported on the moves in Washington DC to try and secure a bipartisan agreement on a Covid relief package. They write:

The planned meeting comes even as Democrats prepare to move forward this week to set up a partisan path for Biden’s relief bill, which Republicans have dismissed as overly costly.

The Republican proposal jettisons certain elements that have drawn opposition, such as increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of US politics for Monday. Here’s a quick catch-up on where we’ve got to over the weekend, and what we might expect to happen today…

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