Biden meets Republicans on virus aid, but no quick deal in sight; Biden tries to show US as democracy beacon post-Capitol riot

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President Joe Biden has told Republican senators he’s unwilling to settle on too small a COVID-19 aid package. 

Their $618 billion plan is about a third of what he’s seeking. The Republicans are looking at fewer and smaller benefits, including $1,000 in direct payments to individuals earning up to $40,000 a year, or $80,000 for couples. Lisa Mascaro, Josh Boak and Jonathan Lemire report.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins says the meeting at the White House resulted in no compromise on differences. But she and the other Republicans say there was agreement to keep the discussions going.

On Capitol Hill, Democrats pushed ahead to lay the groundwork for passing their full package without relying on Republican support.

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