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‘A little bit of whack-a-mole’: Here are the 3 major hangups between Republicans and Democrats as stimulus negotiations drag on

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Republicans and Democrats are struggling to settle longstanding policy differences in negotiations over what’s expected to be a $900 billion emergency spending package. 

“It’s a little bit of whack-a-mole, you know, whack it here and something else pops up,” Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the second-ranked Republican, told reporters on Capitol Hill late Thursday. “There’s a lot of interaction between the moving parts of all this, and getting it all lined up at the same time is proving to be pretty hard.”

Congress barely averted a shutdown on Friday evening. Now lawmakers must rush to details ⇒

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