July 17, 2020 / 7:52 PM / a month ago

U.S. Senate Republicans seek liability protections for coronavirus bill

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) departs after the weekly Senate Republican caucus policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. June 30, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans are seeking temporary protections against coronavirus-related lawsuits for a broad range of entities including businesses, schools, churches, charities and government agencies, according to a draft document reviewed by Reuters.

The legal safeguards, which Democrats have largely resisted, would be part of a forthcoming coronavirus relief package and would sunset at the end of a federal COVID-19 emergency declaration or 2024, whichever comes later, according to the document.

Reporting by Richard Cowan and David Morgan; Editing by Chris Reese

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