U.S. Senate Reopens in Capitol Largely Shut by Coronavirus

Date: 2020-05-05 15:11:11

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The United States Senate has reopened in a Capitol largely shuttered by the coronavirus, but prospects for quick action on a new aid package are uncertain.

The 100 senators are convening for the first time since March.

The Senate reopened despite the area’s continued status as a virus hot spot and with the region still under stay-at-home orders.

The House of Representatives is staying away on doctor’s orders due to health risks.

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.

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