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McConnell blocks initial Democratic effort for $2,000 Covid stimulus checks

Growing number of Republicans back Trump’s demand to increase relief payments as party plunges into chaos and conflict

A growing number of Republicans on Tuesday backed Donald Trump’s demand to increase coronavirus relief payments to US citizens from $600 to $2,000, though the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, blocked Democrats’ effort to quickly pass the measure.

Related: Coronavirus sharpens America’s already stark economic inequalities

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