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Pelosi, McConnell Discuss COVID Relief As Pressure Builds

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, of Calif., (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(AP) – Capitol Hill’s top leaders have spoken about COVID-19 relief for the first time in a month. The conversation between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell adds to tentative optimism that a medium-sized aid package might break free after months of Washington toxicity and deadlock.

The phone call between the two leaders – who are frequent rivals but proven dealmakers – came the day after the Democratic speaker signaled a willingness to make major concessions in search of a COVID rescue package. Pelosi’s spokesman said the conversation was “about their shared commitment to completing an omnibus and COVID relief as soon as possible.”

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