WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators launched an all-night vote session laying groundwork on President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief package, as the White House is increasingly focused on selling the plan directly to voters. Biden’s administration has done 60-plus interviews with national TV and radio shows. There have been spots on local TV news and briefings last week with more than 50 groups. One of the main goals is to stop people from getting bogged down in the tangle of partisan deal-making and convince them that every penny of the $1.9 trillion package is needed. Senators are voting on a budget resolution to set the contours of the final bill. One provision seeks to limit which Americans will qualify for $1,400 direct payments.
Tipperarey sprinter Sam Bennett makes his Grand Tour debut in the colours of the Bora-Argon 18 team.A 14-kilometre time trial will mark the start of this year’s race with defending champion Vincenzo Nibali joined by Chris Froome, Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintan (pr: Nair-oh Kin-ta-na) as the so-called big-four who are expected to challenge for this year’s Yellow Jersey.