Republicans press Biden to downsize $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan

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WASHINGTON — Ten moderate Republican U.S. senators urged President Joe Biden on Sunday to significantly downsize his sweeping $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package to win bipartisan support as Democrats in Congress prepared to push ahead with his plan this week. A top White House economic adviser signaled willingness to discuss the ideas raised by Republican senators who floated a $600 billion alternative but said the Democratic president was not willing to compromise on the need for a comprehensive bill to address the public health crisis and economic fallout.