Analysis: Hedging against Mr Trump’s defeat this November, many are already acting like a presidential opposition party against Mr Biden by raising concerns about federal spending, writes US political correspondent Griffin Connolly

Analysis: Hedging against Mr Trump’s defeat this November, many are already acting like a presidential opposition party against Mr Biden by raising concerns about federal spending, writes US political correspondent Griffin Connolly

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As Donald Trump continues to lag behind Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the polls, Republicans in Congress are taking strategic steps to prepare for the post-Trump political landscape.
Several prominent GOP lawmakers have rediscovered their strong aversion to a soaring federal deficit, threatening to tank any bill costing another $1trn (or more) that would bolster the economy and health and education systems amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite the presidents desperation for a deal.
Some senators Mitt Romney of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, to name a few have more openly and aggressively rebuked the Trump administration in recent months, on everything from the presidents impeachment, to his handling of protests against police brutality and the federal governments Covid-19 response.
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