McConnell — Next COVID-19 Bill Last

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated that Senate Republicans will begin considering proposals for a “fourth and final” coronavirus response bill to address the needs of the country “in about a month.”

He made it clear that the bill under consideration will be restricted in scope and will not be as expansive as prior bills.

McConnell noted that the new bill would be geared towards jobs, schools, and some funding for small businesses.

However, he said that an extension of the additional $600 per week in federal unemployment benefits that run out at the end of July would not gain any support from him.

“Unemployment insurance is extremely important, but it is not designed to encourage you to stay home; it is designed to get you through a trough until you can get back to work,” McConnell said. “I think you can certainly assume we will not be paying people a bonus for staying home in another bill.”

Speaking at an event in his home state of Kentucky, McConnell said Congress needs more time to assess the needs of the country before voting on another costly aid package.

“We need to push the pause button here and think through the next step and do it very carefully,” McConnell said. “We do have the potential long-term health of the country with this level of massive debt.”

Barbara Green, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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