Democrats unveil pared-down COVID-19 spending bill ahead of preelection exit

House Democrats unveiled a pared-down coronavirus aid package that is about $800 billion less costly than an earlier measure but is still likely far too expensive to win Republican support.

Among the provisions Republicans are likely to oppose is the restoration of $600 in weekly extra federal unemployment insurance benefits and nearly $436 billion for state, local, and tribal governments.

It also leaves out lawsuit liability protections Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said must be included in any measure he brings to the Senate floor.

The $2.2 trillion package is likely to serve as a messaging bill for
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