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Pelosi: Hopefully WH will back off on blocking new money for coronavirus testing


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday said she hopes the White House will back down on blocking new money for coronavirus testing and tracing in the next COVID-19 relief package.

“When we heard over the weekend that the White House was thinking about no more testing, that goes beyond ignorance — it’s just beyond the pale,” Mrs. Pelosi said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Hopefully it was a mistake, and they’ll back off it because it is so very wrong.”

Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, was responding to reports that the White House is seeking to block new funding for testing and tracing from being included in the next coronavirus rescue package.

Congress is aiming to pass another round of stimulus by the end of the month, but Democrats and Republicans are far apart on what both sides want to see in the next bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said repeatedly that a bill must have liability protections for reopening businesses in order to pass the GOP-controlled Senate.

In a letter to his colleagues on Monday, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Democrats should be prepared to block Mr. McConnell’s offer if it’s not sufficient.

“To make matters even

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