Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey Reacts To COVID-19 Relief Bill


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Democratic Sen. Ed Markey said he, along with other Democrats, “will not stop” in regards to President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 package.

Markey spoke at a virtual news conference on Sunday, where he addressed plans for an increased federal minimum wage as well as issuing monthly checks for pandemic relief.

Markey was among many who applauded the passage of Biden’s American Rescue Plan Saturday.

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He wants this relief package to provide financial security and believes this “direct cash assistance shouldn’t be limited to just this latest check,” Markey said. “We need recurring payments and we need to expand the number of Americans who are able to obtain this tangible benefit.”

In the virtual conference, he added that the stimulus also includes a $25 million grant program that will assist restaurants and bars that “have been starving for support.”

The COVID-19 relief package now heads back to the House, where the chamber will vote on Tuesday on the changes made by the Senate.

WBZ NewsRadio’s Art Cohen reports:

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