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US: Why Is It Taking So Long to Get Another Coronavirus Relief Package?

Slate’s Jim Newell has covered the dysfunction in Washington for years. But what’s happening now? For him, it’s on another level. Republicans have had months to put forward their vision for what a new coronavirus relief package should look like. Instead, they are still working on their vision board. The clock is ticking in Washington, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that Republicans will finally be ready to unveil their opening offer for a new coronavirus stimulus package Monday. I spoke to Newell about what’s taken so long and what the sticking points are. Our conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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