Global report: Democrats push for $3tn stimulus as experts track Covid-linked syndrome

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Republicans vow to block bill but Pelosi calls for negotiations; more countries report cases of severe inflammation in children

The US House of Representatives has narrowly approved a $3tn bill pushed for by Democrats to battle the coronavirus and stimulating a faltering economy. But Republicans who control the Senate have vowed to block the bill, though some support its provisions aimed at helping state and local governments.

Donald Trump has promised to veto the bill if it ever reaches his desk. But its House passage could trigger new negotiations with the president. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House, called it a “starting point” for talks. Earlier on Friday the House also approved a change in its rules to allow members to temporarily cast their votes by proxy during the crisis if Pelosi deems it necessary.

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