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COVID-19 relief act shouldn’t have to wait

President Donald Trump on Tuesday called off negotiations with Democrats in Congress on a COVID-19 relief bill until after the Nov. 3 election.

The president accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of not negotiating in good faith, and said that after the election, “after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hard-working Americans and small business.”

We don’t know how Pelosi is going to be any more amenable after the election than she is now.

As we said earlier this week, earlier federal aid, amounting to $3 trillion, has helped some people and businesses survive COVID-19’s impact on their jobs and their businesses. But that money is gone, and COVID-19 is still having a harsh impact on the economy.

Will they be able to last another month before Trump and Pelosi can agree to a compromise? They had better.

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