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Trump preparing new $1.8T coronavirus relief package, urges Congress to 'go big'

Megan Henney
·1 min read

The White House is preparing to offer a new $1.8 trillion coronavirus relief deal two days after President Trump abruptly calling off negotiations on another round of aid for American workers and businesses still reeling from the pandemic, according to a senior administration official.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is expected to discuss the proposal -- the largest yet from the Trump administration -- with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when the two speak Friday, according to White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow. It marks an increase from the $1.6 trillion the administration had previously backed.

“Covid Relief Negotiations are moving along. Go Big!” Trump tweeted on Friday.

For months, Congress has struggled to reach an agreement on additional stimulus. Negotiations first collapsed in early August, prompting Trump to sign four executive measures intended to provide relief to families still reeling from the virus-induced crisis, including temporarily extending supplemental jobless aid at $300 a week.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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