Coronavirus relief bill slows in U.S. Senate, talks continue

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate’s drive to pass a $1-trillion-plus coronavirus response bill remained stymied late on Sunday, as Democrats held out for more money to help state and local governments and hospitals, while Republicans urged quick action to give financial markets a sign of encouragement. Earlier on Sunday, the Senate failed to get the necessary 60 votes in […]

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Top Senate Republican sees Monday coronavirus vote, Pelosi plans own bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers sent mixed signals on Sunday about whether they are near a deal on legislation to try to limit the economic toll of the coronavirus, with a Republican predicting a vote on Monday and a top Democrat saying she would introduce her own bill. “We’re working toward bringing this together. I think it’s safe to say […]

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Doctors feel like ‘lambs to the slaughter’ without COV19 protective equipment

Doctors feel like "lambs to the slaughter" after being sent to battle the coronavirus outbreak without necessary protection equipment, a top doctor has warned. Dr Rinesh Parmar, a consultant anaesthetist who is working on a Covid-19 intensive care ward, said front-line NHS staff were being treated as "cannon fodder" as they scrambled to protect themselves from patients infected with Covid-19. […]

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‘Downing Street strategy has finally turned from individual to collective needs’

The lights are going out all over the Palace of Westminster. Restaurants, bars, banqueting suites and offices went dark even before the lockdown as MPs packed bags and files for isolation in their constituencies. It is, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a sparsely attended and carefully well-spaced Commons, “unprecedented in peacetime”. Not a war. But very much at war […]

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Progress in U.S. coronavirus economic stimulus talks amid major disagreements: Schumer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Negotiations on a possible $1 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus bill were moving ahead, but agreement by a deadline at midnight on Friday deal was becoming elusive with several major issues dividing congressional Republicans and Democrats, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said. Speaking to reporters as a night negotiating session was due to begin, Schumer said that “with […]

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U.S. Senate leader introduces emergency coronavirus bill, sets bipartisan talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced emergency legislation to stem the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, and Republicans and Democrats agreed to meet Friday to seek an agreement. The $1 trillion-plus package will include direct financial help for Americans, relief for small businesses and their employees, steps to stabilize the economy, and new […]

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Senate Republican proposal rejects grants for U.S. airlines, could get equity

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Republican proposal introduced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday would grant up to $58 billion in secured loans to help passenger and cargo airlines hit by the coronavirus crisis, but bar cash grants and could result in the government getting equity stakes. Under the proposal, the U.S. Treasury Department could receive warrants, stock options, or stock […]

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Senate $1 trillion coronavirus bill coming Thursday – senior Republican

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S. Senate was scrambling on Thursday to hammer out details of a $1 trillion-plus package to stem the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, a crisis that has sparked a rare moment of bipartisanship. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to introduce the stimulus bill on Thursday, but a vote appears to be days […]

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Coronavirus: Competition laws relaxed to help supermarkets ‘feed the nation’

Supermarkets will be allowed to work together to keep shelves stocked, shops open and delivery vans running as the UK battles coronavirus. The government will relax competition laws next week to allow stores to cooperate to keep Britons fed as they are being asked to isolate from each other. In a meeting with supermarket bosses and food industry chiefs on […]

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