Schumer says momentum growing for state aid package


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate said on Friday that momentum is gathering behind efforts to provide federal assistance to state and local governments hit by the coronavirus epidemic, despite opposition from the Senate’s top Republican.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said he is seeing “more momentum for state and local assistance” in the next coronavirus assistance package, despite opposition to such action from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“We can force it to happen in the COVID-4 bill. And I think there is enough bipartisan support, despite what McConnell did, to get that done,” he said in an interview with National Public Radio.

Reporting by David Morgan and Susan Heavey; Editing by Kevin Liffey