After telling Democrats he is not considering proposals for another financial relief package, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is facing calls from his GOP colleagues to consider increasing financial aid to states.
Republicans like Ted Cruz earlier suggested a leaner financial strategy after extravagant spending on the CARES Act in March. McConnell, who was hoping to reduce spending, is under pressure from the GOP to do the opposite.
McConnell is facing pressure to increase state aid from Senate Republicans like Mitt Romney, Bill Kassidy, John Kennedy, Susan Collins, Dan Sullivan, Lisa Murkowski, and Shelley Moore Capito.
Furthermore, John Kennedy even signed on with Senator Bob Menendez (Democrat) to propose a $500B financial aid plan to ensure every state can continue essential services. Kennedy’s proposal is the largest amongst the aforementioned Republican senators.
Treasury-Fed Lending Facility Faces Criticism
McConnell has already pointed out the Treasury-Fed lending facility’s power to provide $4T loan-backstopping. However, the facility has faced criticism from Republicans like Susan Collins.
The lending facility according to Collins, wouldn’t help smaller governments. The Treasury loan facility in the CARES Act passed in March is available only to cities and communities with a population of more than half a million. This would make many smaller governments in America ineligible to avail the lending facility.
‘We Are Not Ruling That Out’ – McConnell
On Tuesday, McConnell confirmed the Senate won’t rule out additional financial aid. He went on to say the Senate Republicans will reevaluate the situation. An additional $150B has already been provided to states as stabilization funding to fill shortfalls in the budget.
Fiscally conservative Senator Rand Paul has already stated that the deficit is too large to allow any more financial aid.
President Trump could yet influence proceeding in the Senate. An aide to a Republican senator said that most Republicans were largely happy with the current level of spending, but things could change if Trump comes into the picture. The aide added if the Senate cooperates with Trump, he could write many more checks for financial aid. Republicans are often fiscally conservative, but President Trump isn’t bound by a conservative mindset. McConnell would be aware of how Trump could influence anything that happens in the Senate.
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