McConnell open to state aid in next virus relief package
WASHINGTON (AP) — Shifting tone, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell now says he is “open” to considering additional funds for state and local governments in the next coronavirus relief bill.
Democrats want more than $500 billion to help states cover the sudden extra costs of police, fire and other front-line workers. McConnell faced criticism from governors over his suggestion that states should simply be allowed to go bankrupt. As Congress delves into the next round of aid, Democrats have a new proposal to federalize the nation’s medical supply chain.
McConnell insists any new bill must include liability protections from an “avalanche” of lawsuits against businesses that reopen.