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July 28, 2020, 4:02 p.m. EDT

McConnell says Senate won't pass coronavirus relief bill without liability shield for businesses

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By Greg Robb

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate would not pass another coronavirus relief measure if it doesn't include a liability shield for business. "Let me just make it clear, there won't be a bill that passes the Senate that doesn't have this in it," McConnell said, in an interview on CNBC. The Republicans HEALS act includes covid-related liability protections for businesses, schools, non-profits and churches. That may be tough to square with Democrats, who instead are pushing for an OSHA standard for businesses to follow. McConnell said the liability reform was"absolutely critical" to get the economy back on its feet. Stocks moved lower after his comments.

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