1. McConnell Makes Way for Direct Payments in Next Coronavirus Bill

    McConnell Makes Way for Direct Payments in Next Coronavirus Bill

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared to open the door on Monday to including some direct payments to Americans in a future coronavirus relief bill. 

    Asked if funding for individuals like the stimulus checks included in a March package would be in the next piece of legislation, which would be the fifth in response to COVID-19, McConnell said they "could well" be.

    "I think the people that have been hit the hardest are people who make about $40,000 or less. Many of them work in the hospitality industry. .... That could well be a part of it," McConnell said. 

    Congress included a $1,200 one-time payment for individuals making up to $75,000 per year in the $2.2 ...

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