- Lawmakers are mulling a proposal to pump billions into restaurants as Omicron rages.
- The Washington Post first reported on early talks between senators from both sides of the aisle.
- A White House official told Insider there’s been no final decision on whether to push for more relief.
As the US shatters records for the number of COVID-19 cases, some members of Congress are mulling a fresh round of economic relief for businesses.
The Washington Post’s Tony Romm first reported that lawmakers from both parties were in talks about potentially proposing to pump billions into businesses, including hard-hit ones like restaurants. The Post reported that Sens. Ben Cardin, a Democrat from Maryland, and Roger Wicker, a Mississippi Republican — who are reportedly leading the talks — had put together a $68 billion proposal in December.
“We started with restaurants but we’re prepared to expand it if we can have the necessary support,” Cardin told reporters on Wednesday. “There’s other industries that have legitimate concerns.”