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U.S. Senate stops Republican coronavirus bill

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) - Partisan battles in the U.S. Senate on Sunday stopped a coronavirus response bill from advancing, even as negotiations continued.

By a vote of 47-47, a Republican bill failed to clear a procedural hurdle that required 60 affirmative votes. Democrats were pushing for more robust help for healthcare workers and others, saying the Republican measure concentrated too heavily on helping corporations affected by the disease outbreak.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Kim Coghill)