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Trump’s Chief Virus Aid Negotiator Sees ‘a lot of progress’

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FILE - In this April 13, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump listens to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(AP) – President Donald Trump’s top negotiator on COVID-19 relief says there’s headway on a $900 billion-plus plan. And Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is citing similarities between the latest administration offer and an emerging measure from a bipartisan group of senators. But a one-week extension of a potential government shutdown appears to have sapped some urgency from the talks.

Both House and Senate leaders say they won’t adjourn Congress without passing an aid measure. The aid is linked to a government-wide funding bill and the expected one-week extension for that bill is extended to end Dec. 18.

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