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Senate reopens despite risks as House preps more virus aid

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Posted at 1:08 AM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 20:10:12-04

WASHINGTON (AP) —The Senate has reopened in a Capitol largely shuttered by the coronavirus, but prospects for quick action on a new aid package are uncertain. Lawmakers face a deepening national debate over how best to confront the deadly pandemic and its economic devastation. Senate Republicans are reluctant to spend more money on virus relief. They hope the gradual reopening of the economy will reduce the need for more aid. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to soon unveil a new relief package. The 100 senators are convening for the first time since March. The House is staying away on doctor’s orders due to health risks.