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Senator McConnell may be reversing course on COVID stimulus

IARN — Now that the 2020 election is over and Congress still has work to finish, the tone seems to be changing from Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-KY), at least on the possibility on COVID-19 relief.

Before the election, the rhetoric was strong at the capitol. The Republican-controlled Senate was at odds with the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, who was at odds with the White House and the Trump Administration. House Democrats had floated a proposed plan that would have had a $2.2 trillion price tag. That was down from their initial proposal of $3.4 trillion. The White House countered with a package valued at $1.8 trillion. However, Senate Republicans proposed a smaller bill valued at $500 billion. Opponents said the Senate proposal would have fallen short on many needs.

We could revisit all the negotiations, but that is in the past now. Before the election, Senate Majority Leader McConnell said they may have to wait to work on COVID stimulus until next year. Now that the Kentucky Senator has won reelection and the Senate looks to stay in Republican hands, the tone is changing. At a post-election press conference, McConnell hinted at the desire to get a stimulus package done before the end of the year.

For more on this story, including audio with Senator McConnell, visit the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network.

Photo: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Wikimedia Commons)

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