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McConnell Signals Republicans Don't Want Bigger Covid-19 Relief Bill Before Election

He indicated such a package is too unpredictable so close to Election Day

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told his fellow Republican members in a closed-door meeting Tuesday that he is "encouraging" the White House to wait until after the Nov. 3 election to reach an agreement on a Covid-19 relief package with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to three sources familiar with the conversation.

McConnell, R-Ky., was responding to a question from a Republican senator facing re-election who pressed the need to go home to campaign after next Monday's full Senate vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

McConnell indicated that he agreed that Republican members need to campaign and that the unknown of a package is too unpredictable so close to Election Day. He said the final price tag, policy specifics and timing of any potential deal are still far from clear.

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