US Republican senators praise ‘productive meeting’ on Covid with Biden
By Abiodun Ogundairo
05 February 2021 | 11:38 am
US Senator Susan Collins speaks to the press after she and a group of fellow Republican senators met with President Joe Biden to discuss an alternative to his massive Covid-19 relief plan. Collins praised the meeting with President Biden and his aides as "cordial" and "productive" adding that shes hopeful that a six bipartisan Covid relief package will be passed.
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