NATIONWIDE (WTVA) -- A $900 billion coronavirus-relief bill could soon be law.
“It can’t come soon enough," Senator Roger Wicker said.
He explained the bill will distribute money across the country to help with coronavirus relief. He added it will fund the government for the rest of 2021 until next October.
“It should have been done last Fall at least," he said.
The bill is a compromise settlement between the Democratic and Republican parties, far less than the nearly $2 trillion Nancy Pelosi wanted. Republican leader Mitch McConnell wanted nearly $1 trillion. Wicker said this will be a big help.
“It does renew the help for small businesses, the very popular PPP program. It also renews the support we gave to airlines.”
In addition, he said this new plan provides $600 to almost every man, woman, and child of every medium-income range in the country.
People can also expect their stimulus checks soon.
“The government has experience in this, and I would hope it’s a matter of two or three weeks," Wicker said.
The senator also supported a bill to bring relief to restaurant owners. He said there is additional assistance for restaurants through this paycheck protection program, but he said he didn't get everything in it he wanted.
He added he and his supporters in the restaurant bill will have to try again in the future.