House nears relief bill passage; Dems mull wage hike rescue

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are edging a $1.9 trillion pandemic-relief package to the brink of House passage.

A final vote approached late Friday even as party leaders tried to assure agitated progressives that they’ll revive their derailed drive to boost the minimum wage.

A virtual party-line House vote was expected on the sweeping relief measure.

It embodies President Joe Biden’s plan to flush cash to individuals, businesses, states and cities battered by COVID-19.

House passage will send the measure to the Senate.

There, Democrats may try resuscitating their minimum wage push and fights could erupt over state aid and other issues.

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