House nears relief bill passage; Dems mull wage hike rescue


WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats are edging a $1.9 trillion pandemic-relief package to the brink of House passage. A final vote approached late Friday even as party leaders tried to assure agitated progressives that they’ll revive their derailed drive to boost the minimum wage. A virtual party-line House vote was expected on the sweeping relief measure. It embodies President Joe Biden’s plan to flush cash to individuals, businesses, states and cities battered by COVID-19. House passage will send the measure to the Senate. There, Democrats may try resuscitating their minimum wage push and fights could erupt over state aid and other issues.


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