Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said Sunday “there’s no consensus on anything” for a next stimulus bill.
In an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Kennedy called the Democrat-controlled House version of a stimulus bill “as popular as a sinkhole.”
“There's not a consensus on anything,” he said of a new bill that will be aimed in part to help stimulate an economy crushed by the coronavirus crisis.
“But the other issues we'll talk about will be… limiting liability for our schools and our universities, and our hospitals, we will work on trying to give relief to people laid off who lose their health insurance, we'll talk about additional [Paycheck Protection Program], we'll talk about additional unemployment compensation, payroll tax cut will be on the table as will direct stimulus payments to American people,” he said.
“But again there's not even close to a consensus yet,” he said. “The only thing I'm certain of right now is that the bill we pass, if we pass one, will not be [House] Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi's bill. It is untethered to reality and among most senators including many Democrats, it's about as popular as a sinkhole.”
According to Kennedy, the most important aspect will be “getting our schools open,” adding “We probably shouldn't have closed them down to begin with.”
“Extra money for K-12,” he suggested will be included in that effort. “Most fair-minded people believe that keeping our schools closed will do far more damage to our kids than the coronavirus ever can.
“Having said that, I know a lot of parents are scared. If you don't want to send your child back to school, you shouldn't and you shouldn't be forced to. And if you're a teacher or an employee and you don't want to go back, don't. That's between you and the school board. But I think we'll have enough kids, enough teachers, and enough employees with the right resources, to get our schools open.”
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