Progress in U.S. coronavirus economic stimulus talks amid major disagreements: Schumer

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[March 21, 2020]    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Negotiations on a possible $1 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus bill were moving ahead, but agreement by a deadline at midnight on Friday deal was becoming elusive with several major issues dividing congressional Republicans and Democrats, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks to the media before a meeting with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to wrap up work on coronavirus economic aid legislation to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Washington, U.S., March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert

Speaking to reporters as a night negotiating session was due to begin, Schumer said that "with many issues outstanding," he hoped lawmakers and the Trump administration "could come to agreements tomorrow."

(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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