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The Senate approved an enormous $2 trillion economic stimulus package aimed at shoring up a US economy being battered by the impact of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and COVID-19 pandemic, but at least two senators see the potential for a need for Congress to pass additional stimulus bills.
The massive Senate bill–which will provide direct checks to millions of Americans, aid to small businesses as well as larger industries–will go to the House which is set to approve the huge legislation.
Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Kirsten Gillibrand both said that they see the potential for Congress for come back and add to the stimulus already being approved.
“This bill is very helpful, but it’s just the first step,” Gillibrand said in an interview with CNN. “This is going to be a very long-term crisis. It’s going to take months and months to get out of it.”
Meanwhile, Blumenthal indicated that not just one, but perhaps even two, more stimulus bills might be required.
“You know, we’re not going to let the perfect be the enemy of the good. We know that there is an urgency here, we’re going to get this package done. The point is to get it done quickly but get it done right. Still, it won’t be perfect, and my view is there may well be a need for a fourth package, maybe even a fifth package,” Blumenthal said. “We ought to be prepared to vote if necessary, maybe remotely. I’m prepared to come back to Washington if necessary.”
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