Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Said Monday that the next round of coronavirus legislation may include a further round of stimulus checks aimed at helping low-income Americans.
At one of three public events in Kentucky, the issue of whether the relief bill would include more direct payments, McConnell said it “could very well.”
“I think the people who have been hit hardest are people earning about $ 40,000 a year or less. Many of them work in the hospitality industry. The hospitality industry, as you all know, has just fallen – hotels, restaurants ̵
The House Democrats have approved a $ 3 trillion bill bill that includes another round of direct deposits and checks. Republicans have been critical of Parliament’s bill, but President Donald Trump and some Republicans in the Senate have said they are open to including another round of direct payments in future legislation.
Speaking at a separate event earlier on Monday, McConnell said he would present his own legislation after the Senate returns July 20.
“I’m going to reveal something that will be a starting point in a few weeks and we will deal with the administration and the Democrats,” McConnell said.
“I cannot comfortably predict that we will meet and approve it unanimously as we did a few months ago,” he added. “The atmosphere has become more political than in March, but I think we will do something. The country needs a last boost.”
McConnell said one of his top priorities for the bill would be liability protection to protect companies from coronavirus-related litigation.
“This is not just for businesses. This is for hospitals, doctors, nurses, nonprofits, universities, colleges, K-12, so that people who acted in good faith during this crisis are not confronted with a second epidemic of moods in the wake of a pandemic we are already struggling with, “he said.
He also reiterated that the next stimulus proposal for him would be the last.
“This has to be the last rescue package, because we now have a debt to the size of our economy for the first time since World War II. We can’t continue to do that,” he said.