Sherrod Brown And Rob Portman Call For More Coronavirus Aid

Oct 9, 2020

Ohio's two U.S. senators are calling for Congress to pass more coronavirus relief measures, as President Trump goes back-and-forth on the possibility of new funds for people struggling during the pandemic.

Earlier this week, Trump said he didn't want to negotiate a new stimulus package until after the election, but later showed signs of willing to come to the negotiating table.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) says Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are dragging their feet on a deal.

"Don't really want to bring the Senate back to do any work on the stimulus to help workers and to help small businesses, but they'll move heaven and earth for another special interest nominee for the Supreme Court," Brown says.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is calling for more targeted aid for small businesses and reviving the extra federal benefits for unemployed workers.

"It's time to set politics aside & get to work," Portman tweeted on Wednesday.

Trump says he would sign a standalone bill with another round of $1,200 stimulus checks, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says she wants a broader relief package.