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Pelosi invites congressional leaders to a meeting on Covid relief and government funding

Mitch McConnell speaks with Nancy Pelosi following an on Dec.8, 2016 in Washington, DC.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited her fellow congressional leaders to a meeting Tuesday to try to strike deals to fund the government and send another round of coronavirus relief, a source familiar with her outreach said.

The California Democrat aims to huddle with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as Congress runs out of time to address both issues. Absent congressional action, government funding will lapse Saturday and 12 million people will lose unemployment benefits the day after Christmas.

The meeting would mark the most significant effort yet for the four leaders to come to a bipartisan agreement on a package that could get through a divided Congress. It is unclear now whether all of the congressional leaders will agree to talk Tuesday.

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