Agreement likely Sunday on nearly $1 trillion virus aid bill

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Top congressional negotiators appear on the brink of agreeing to long-delayed legislation to deliver a new round of pandemic aid. Included in the measure is more than $300 billion for businesses, a $300 bonus benefit for the unemployed, and a $600 direct payment to most Americans.

The must-pass relief measure comes in at more than $900 billion, though that’s less than Democratic lawmakers and President-elect Joe Biden would prefer. Also part of the massive bill is $1.4 trillion in government spending to avoid a midnight shutdown. The measure is expected to be released late Sunday and immediately brought to the House floor for a vote.

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