Grassley pushes for bipartisan coronavirus aid package

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In this Oct. 12, 2020 file photo, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, listens during a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett before the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Grassley, the longest-serving Republican senator, says he is quarantining after being exposed to the coronavirus. Grassley is 87. He did not say how he was exposed. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

(AP) — U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley says he supports a federal funding package for coronavirus relief but clearly stated he doesn’t support large amounts of money to shore up state and local government budgets.

The influential chair of the Senate Finance Committee talked to reporters Wednesday as negotiations picked up speed in Washington.

Grassley said Congress must pass long overdue relief to help families, businesses, schools and communities.

He says he could support a bill with items that have bipartisan support at around $500 billion and that he’d consider something less than $1 trillion.

He resisted spending a massive amount of money for state and local government budget relief but said it likely wouldn’t cause him to reject a package including it.

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