Democrats, GOP far apart as virus aid talks intensify

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LISA MASCARO AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — The differences over the next coronavirus aid package are vast: Democrats propose $3 trillion in relief and Republicans have a $1 trillion counteroffer. At stake are millions of Americans' jobless benefits, school reopenings and eviction protections. As top White House negotiators return to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, the leverage is apparent. They are meeting at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office. Republicans are so deeply divided over the prospect of big government spending it's leaving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with a weakened hand. Striking any agreement between Congress and President Donald Trump by Friday's deadline for expiring aid will be daunting. "We cannot afford to fail," Senate Democratic leader C
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