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As Senate Returns, Pressure Mounts For More Election Funding In Next COVID Package

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 23: (L-R) U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy ... WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 23: (L-R) U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) talk at a reception held by President Donald Trump for House and Senate Republican and Democratic leaders in the State Dining Room of the White House January 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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July 20, 2020 3:13 p.m.

With the Senate returning this week, negotiations are heating up around the next coronavirus package. Among the possible flash points is what additional funding will be provided for election officials to implement the changes the outbreak requires. The proposal passed by the House sets aside $3.6 billion for election officials. The National Democratic Redistricting Committee and Let America Vote announced Monday it was launching a  $500,000 digital advertising campaign calling on the Senate to take up the House measure. Meanwhile, a Senate committee chaired by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), an influential appropriator, is holding a hearing Wednesday on election preparations.

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