Senate takes up COVID-19 relief package as GOP aims to block passage

The Senate began voting on amendments to the COVID-19 relief bill on Friday.

Senate Democrats have agreed to an extension in jobless benefits through September at a reduced amount of $300 a week in the COVID-19 relief bill, according to two Democratic aides. The House bill originally included weekly benefits of $400 through August.

The agreement also "provides tax relief to workers who received unemployment insurance compensation by making the first $10,200 of benefits...