Senator Mitch McConnell, fresh of his re-election bid, told reporters on Wednesday that his top priority remains to pass a second coronavirus stimulus package.
McConnell, who defeated Amy McGrath in the Kentucky Senate race, also said state and local aid, a consistent Democratic call in aid discussions with the White House, could be included in a new bill.
"As I've said repeatedly over the past few months, we need another bailout," McConnell, R-Ky., Said Wednesday, according to NBC News. “Hopefully the partisan passions that prevented us from carrying out another bailout will subside with the election. And I think we have to do it and I think we have to do it before the end of the year.
"I think this is the first job when we get back," said McConnell. "Hopefully we have a more cooperative situation than before."
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi negotiated for months, but nothing significant happened. Republicans believe that if they give Americans too much relief, no one will want to get back to work. In addition, the GOP is concerned about increasing the deficit, which as of September 30 was more than three times its fiscal year 2019 deficit and slightly dwarfed the previous record of $ 1.4 trillion in 2009 .
The $ 600 federal benefit ended in July, and there has been no real support for Americans outside of state unemployment since then. Many Americans get along with the kindness of others or rely on pantries.
McConnell attempted to propose his own relief bill in October that did not provide tax assistance to state and local governments, and skipped another round of $ 1,200 direct payment checks to most Americans.
However, the bill was blocked by lawmakers on both sides. Democrats said the bill did not offer nearly enough relief, and Republicans argued the bill was still too expensive.