The two largest Republicans in the US Congress pledged to oppose demands made by Democrats to increase the value of the financial package in a bill allocating $ 250 billion to help small companies face the consequences of the emerging Corona Virus pandemic to allocate funds to hospitals, state and local governments.
The statement by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy came a day after Senate Chief Democrat Chuck Schumer said he and Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin planned to hold talks between parties from the two parties on the bill this week.
McConnell and McCarthy said in their joint statement, American workers are in crisis this will not be the last Congress decision regarding Covid-19, but this necessary program needs immediate funding.
American workers cannot be used as political hostages.
And the package of $ 250 billion to provide loans to small companies, which may convert to government-paid grants if a number of conditions are met, will be in addition to another $ 349 billion that Congress has allocated to efforts to mitigate the consequences of the disease in the context of approving $ 2.3 trillion last month for this purpose.
But Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are pushing for more than $ 250 billion in additional funding to go to hospitals, state and local governments, as well as to expand food aid to the poor.
Republicans oppose the second package and describe it as premature.