June 10, 2020 / 4:19 PM / a month ago

Mnuchin says will consider more direct payments in next U.S. coronavirus aid bill

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks during a Senate Small Business Committee hearing on coronavirus relief aid and "Implementation of title I of the CARES Act.", in Washington, U.S., June 10, 2020. Al Drago/Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday that he “definitely” believes another coronavirus aid bill is needed to assist U.S. recovery and will look seriously at including more direct payments to individuals and other measures to put people back to work.

Testifying before the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee, Mnuchin said the Trump administration and Congress should proceed cautiously and further aid should be targeted to those businesses and sectors that are having the most difficulty reopening after coronavirus-driven shutdowns.

Reporting by David Lawder and Pete Schroeder; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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