A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Tuesday proposed a $908 billion COVID-19 relief bill that would fund measures through March 31, including $228 billion in additional paycheck protection program funds for hotels, restaurants and other small businesses.
State and local governments would receive direct aid under the bipartisan bill, the lawmakers said. Senator Mitt Romney, a Utah Republican, said the plan contains $560 billion in “repurposed” funding from the CARES Act enacted in March.
“It won’t make everyone happy,” Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said during a press conference on Tuesday. “But there’s been an enormous amount of work done.”
The 10 senators behind the bill, in addition to Romney and Warner, are Joe Manchin, D-W.V.; Susan Collins, R-Maine; Bill Cassidy, R-La.; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Maggie Hassan, D-N.H.; Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Angus King, I-Maine.
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