Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) is calling on members of Congress to return to Washington to carry out further talks on more stimulus legislation in the midst of the CCP virus pandemic.
Warner, who was elected in 2008, predicted that another relief bill will be eventually passed, saying that it should focus on unemployment benefits, rent assistance, and small business support.
“I think theres probably less support for another straight stimulus check because that goes to people regardless of whether theyve been hurt or not by COVID,” he said in a Facebook Live Town Hall on Wednesday. “I think there is a general feeling from both Democrats and Republicans that in this next COVID bill we ought to focus on those who have been hit the hardest, rather than these broad stimulus efforts,” he added.
Earlier in August, negotiations between Democrats and the White House stalled, with unemployment benefits and funding to state and local governments being major roadblocks.
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), a former vice presidential candidate, told Politico that he doesnt believe the White House will take negotiations seriously until after the Republican National Convention.
“Once we get out of the Republican convention, the week before Labor Day, youre going to see serious negotiations restart. And that means we could do something possibly right after Labor Day, when we return,” Kaine stated.