McConnell says business protection a condition for next COVID bill

U.S. Senate Majority Leader McConnell speaks to reporters after Senate vote on coronavirus relief legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday doubled down on his demand that Congress protect businesses from coronavirus-related liabilities in its next legislative package for combating the pandemic.

“We’re going to insist on this reform, which is not related to money, as a condition for going forward,” McConnell told Fox News Radio. He said liability protection should apply to businesses that have remained in operation during the outbreak as well as those now looking to reopen.

“We’re willing to discuss the way forward, provided we have protections for the brave people who’ve been on the front lines,” McConnell said.

(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)