Yellen says she never urged for adopting a smaller COVID-19 relief package

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By Kanishka Singh and Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said she never urged for the adoption of a smaller COVID-19 relief package, rebutting a media report in which a biographer was quoted as claiming that she asked officials to scale back the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan by a third. “I never urged adoption of a smaller American Rescue Plan package, and I believe that ARP played a central role in driving strong growth throughout 2021 and afterwards,” Yellen said in a statement on Saturday. Bloomberg on Friday quoted an advance copy of a biography o…

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