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Plan to slash $600 lifeline threatens misery for millions of Americans

Republican infighting has delayed an expansion to the weekly cash benefit – so what happens if a deal can’t be reached?

For millions of unemployed Americans dealing with the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression a $600 payment each week from the government has been a vital lifeline, allowing them to keep their homes and put food on the table despite losing their jobs.

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