WASHINGTON — Top Republicans are evoking concerns about the rising national debt to pump the brakes on coronavirus relief and Democrats are crying foul.

The latest back-and-forth comes as House Democrats eye a vote as early as Friday on a $3 trillion package that includes aid to state and local governments, assistance for essential workers, an extension of unemployment benefits beyond July and another round of direct payments for families.

“We’re taking a look at what we’ve already done — we’ve added about $3 trillion to the national debt — and assessing the effectiveness of that before deciding to go forward,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters on Tuesday. “If we reach a decision along with the administration to move to another phase, that’ll

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