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Coronavirus relief bill slows in US Senate, talks continue

Democrats want more funds for localities, Republicans say speed is essential

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks after a meeting on coronavirus economic aid legislation in Washington.   © Reuters

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.

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