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Small-town Republican mayors urge Congress to provide aid for local governments — while Mitch McConnell oppose money saying it will be a ‘blue state bailout’

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Aid for local governments has been framed as a “blue state bailout” by some Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and outgoing President Donald Trump. That aid, in turn, has stalled in Congress, with reluctant conservatives tying any agreement to help struggling cities and states with indemnity for businesses facing potential litigation over their actions during the pandemic, a deal-breaker for most Democrats.

The logjam over another stimulus package — amid the worst surge yet in COVID-19, sending a record number of people to the hospital — has prompted a coalition of local details ⇒

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