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McConnell Opens Door to More Pandemic Stimulus Checks for Low-Income Americans

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that the next round of pandemic legislation may include more stimulus payments to help, namely, low-income Americans.

When he was asked about whether more direct payments would be included, the Kentucky Republican said it “could well” have them. He then said that certain people who make less than a certain amount per year have been hit the hardest by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic.

“I think the people who have been hit the hardest are people who make about $40,000 a year or less. Many of them work in the hospitality industry. The hospitality industry, as all of you know, just got rim-racked—hotels, restaurants—and so that could well be a part of it,” McConnell told reporters.

Its not clear if McConnell was suggesting whether the $40,000 income would be the cut-off point for the stimulus payments.

McConnells suggestion of a more targeted approach to sending out direct payments may find bipartisan support.

“I think the next round weve got to be more targeted to those who are really in need. So I hope we can target this a little bit better to those who have been hit hard because of COVID-19,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) told reporters of a second stimulus payment.

Elaborating further on the timeline, McConnell said he would put forward his own legislation after the Senate returns on July 20.

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President Donald Trumps name is seen on a stimulus check issued by the IRS to help combat the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, in San Antonio, Texas, on April 23, 2020. (Eric Gay/AP Photo)

“Ill be unveiling something which will be a starting point in a few weeks and well be dealing with the administration and the Democrats,” McConnell said.

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