Congressional leaders signal “significant progress” on economic relief deal

Congressional leaders of the Senate and House indicated they are close to coming to an agreement on a COVID economic relief bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConell said “we’re making significant progress and I’m optimistic that we’re going to be able to complete an understanding sometime soon.”

“Everybody wants to finish,” McConnell added. “Everybody wants to get a final agreement as soon as possible. We all believe the country needs it. And I think we’re getting closer and closer.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck SChumer said of negotiations “we’re just exchanging paper back and forth and hopefully we can come to a deal soon.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on her way to a meeting that lawmakers that “we have to come to agreement. And we hope that that will happen in the way that keeps government open. I know that we will finish our work in the House.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said “we’re moving in the right direction” and said there has been progress.

An issue that appears to still be unresolved is whether the relief package will include another round of direct payments to Americans in the form of stimulus checks.

Direct checks have been advocated by Senator Bernie Sanders as well as Republican Senator Josh Hawley.