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Stimulus ‘vote-a-rama’ stalls out in the Senate out over clash on unemployment benefits in relief package

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The Senate kicked off a “vote-a-rama” on Friday with a vote on the $15-per-hour minimum wage, but the proceedings quickly stalled out because of a clash over unemployment benefits in the Democratic relief package.

Senate Democrats made a last-minute change to the relief bill, reducing the federal unemployment benefit to $300-per-week instead of $400. It would last through the end of September, and not August 29.

But Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia appeared to be reluctant to support the new plan, according to a person familiar with internal discussions. His resistance brought the proceedings to details ⇒

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