WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Susan Collins said Wednesday afternoon she’s hopeful lawmakers will come together to provide further relief to Americans affected by COVID-19.
Tuesday, senators voted on an amended Paycheck Protection Program, which would have provided businesses a second PPP loan if they showed a revenue loss this year compared to last.
It received some support from democratic senators, but ultimately fell three votes short of the majority needed to pass.
Wednesday, the senate was set to vote on another $500 billion relief bill from the GOP, which includes PPP funding and other money for schools, health care and more.
The republican Maine senator told us she remains optimistic, but also believes partisan politics have come into play.
“It’s difficult. I don’t like assigning motives, but you have to think that this close to the election, that unfortunately there’s some people who think, ‘Gee, this could be a victory for republicans so we don’t want it,’ or there could be people who think, ‘Well we’ve already provided three trillion dollars in assistance, I’m worried about providing more,'” Collins said. “I just think that it’s imperative that we have another comprehensive package. The American people are still struggling.”
Collins said lawmakers will be in session all weekend.
Collins said we should know within the next 48 hours whether the president and house speaker can come to a solution and get Americans the relief they need.