an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, McConnell
said, "I think that will be something we’ll need to do right at
the beginning of the year, targeted particularly at small
businesses that are struggling and hospitals that are now
dealing with a second wave of the coronavirus."
McConnell, who has resisted considering a comprehensive aid
package being sought by Democrats, added, "We probably need to
do another package," but said it would have to be "more modest"
than the $3-trillion measure the House of Representatives passed
Since then, Democrats have proposed more limited aid of around
$2.2 trillion. Many Senate Republicans have questioned the need
for anything above $500 billion with others advocating no new
House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has been
negotiating a coronavirus-relief package with Treasury Secretary
Steven Mnuchin, said during an interview with MSNBC: "Certainly
we'll have something at the start of the new presidency, but we
don't want to wait that long because people have needs."
The winner of the Nov. 3 elections -- President Donald Trump or
former Vice President Joe Biden -- will be sworn in as the next
president on Jan. 20.
(Reporting by Richard Cowan and David Morgan; Editing by Chizu
Nomiyama and Diane Craft)
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