CORONAVIRUS USA

Stimulus checks: Mnuchin and McConnell provide updates

Both Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell spoke on Tuesday, with the focus on the next relief package.

Stimulus checks: Mnuchin and McConnell provide updates
OLIVIER DOULIERY AFP

The coronavirus pandemic continues to cause financial problems for millions across the United States and various approaches are being taken to provide support.

On Tuesday, both Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell spoke to the media, and offered their views on what is happening.

Mnuchin wants "plenty" of testing money

Mnuchin made it clear that President Donald Trump's administration wants to make sure coronavirus testing is funded, after Trump's fellow Republicans said the White House is blocking funding for tests considered key to containing the reach of the deadly pandemic. 'We want to make sure there's plenty of money for testing.

'And that's a big priority,' Mnuchin told reporters during a visit to Capitol Hill for negotiations on a coronavirus relief bill, adding that he had very productive meetings with appropriations committee members between last night and early today.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks about legislation for additional coronavirus aid during a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

McConnell expects stimulus checks

McConnell focused his attention on the much-debated stimulus checks and said he expects another round of direct payments to Americans will be included in the next coronavirus response bill.

Speaking to reporters, McConnell also said he plans to introduce the legislation in the next few days and it will serve as a starting point for negotiations with Democrats.