Trump urges Republicans to go bigger with coronavirus relief

President Trump on Wednesday urged Republicans to support a larger coronavirus relief package as White House negotiators seek a deal with Democrats.

“Go for the higher numbers,” Trump tweeted to his fellow Republicans.

The GOP-controlled Senate last week tried and failed to pass a “skinny” stimulus bill with just over $500 billion in spending.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, one of the two leading White House negotiators, said he was more optimistic than he has been for two months that a deal would be possible.

A day earlier, the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus released a proposal for about $1.5 trillion in aid to businesses, families, health workers, and others. Leading Democrats rejected the proposal and called for at least $2.2 trillion in spending.

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