Senate to return to Capitol, some leaders say there could be more financial help


WASHINGTON, D.C -The Senate returns to the Capitol next week, and the Senate is getting to work on the next round of COVID relief, with some leaders saying more financial help could be on the way.

NewsChannel 34’s Morgan Wright reports negotiations are underway between Republicans and Democrats on a deal that could help those going broke.

{Senator Chris Van Hollen, D/MD} We need to make sure that those people who are hardest hit get the relief they need.

With the the coronavirus far from being contained, Senators Chris Van Hollen and Richard Blumenthal say Americans need new targeted, direct payments to stave off economic fallout.

{Senator Chris Van Hollen, D/MD} If somebody is at work and doing fine and paying the bills there’s no reason that they should be getting a payment but people who are hurting because of this pandemic should be getting the relief they need.

{Senator Richard Blumenthal, D/CT} Stimulus payments are necessary for families that are still struggling to put food on the table.

Van Hollen says time is of the essence – as key protections from previous bills like eviction protection and unemployment benefits are slated to expire at the end of July.

{Senator Chris Van Hollen, D/MD} we still have 20 million Americans out of work. You could see a flood of eviction notices going out so all of those issues need to be dealt with.

As negotiations continue for the next covid package – new direct payments appear to be a source of common ground.

Secretary of Commerce of Wilbur Ross says the President supports more stimulus.

{***Wilbur Ross, US Secretary of Commerce ***} There’s some interest in doing it through a payroll tax cut there’s other interest in writing checks directly there are whole variety of forms of which it could take

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he wants new payments to go toward those making less than $40,000 per year.

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