White House, GOP agree on virus testing in new aid bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans and the White House have reached tentative agreement for more testing funds in the next COVID-19 relief package.

But deep disagreements over the scope of the $1 trillion in federal aid remain ahead of Thursday’s expected roll out.

Facing a GOP revolt, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is preparing a “handful” of COVID-19 aid bills instead of a single package.

That’s the word from a top lawmaker involved in the negotiations.

A key holdup remains President Donald Trump’s push for a payroll tax cut.

Hardly any GOP senators support the idea.

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