McConnell: GOP virus proposal for schools, others out soon

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’ll begin to

roll out details of the new COVID-19 relief package to senators as soon as next week.

McConnell suggests the measure will include new funding for school reopenings, some

unemployment benefits and money for health care providers. The cost of the emerging

Republican package could reach $1 trillion. In recent days, Treasury Secretary Steven

Mnuchin has been reaching out to GOP senators ahead of negotiations with Democrats,

who have already approved a $3 trillion package in the House.  McConnell has spent the

last several days crisscrossing his home state of Kentucky and spoke briefly in Henderson

and outside of the Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital to his gratitude

for Kentucky’s front-line healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic which he says

is not going away anytime soon. He also stressed how important it is for everyone to wear

a mask to help stem the spread of the deadly virus. McConnell is seeking re-election to a seventh

consecutive six-year term in office this November.

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