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Surprising jobs report could slow next coronavirus aid package

CQ Budget, Ep. 158

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is among Republicans who are pumping the brakes on the next round of coronavirus aid, following a report from the Labor Department that noted a modest decline in unemployment.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is among Republicans who are pumping the brakes on the next round of coronavirus aid, following a report from the Labor Department that noted a modest decline in unemployment. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A modest decline in unemployment last month gave Republicans fresh ammunition to slow the timing and scale back the size of the next relief package. CQ Roll Call’s David Lerman and Jennifer Shutt discuss the complicated negotiations still to come as the Trump administration pushes more targeted aid and Democrats seek more robust relief.

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