March 18, 2020 / 3:29 PM / 17 days ago

U.S. Democratic leader Schumer says concerned Trump's $1,000 check plan insufficient

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday warned of an economic recession as the coronavirus spreads through the country and called for a broader cash payment than Trump’s push for $1,000 checks.

“The coronavirus is slowing our economy to a near standstill and we are almost certainly anticipating a recession,” Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor. He added that expanded unemployment benefits would be a more effective way of helping workers than a $1,000 check from Washington.

(This story corrects headline, first paragraph to show Schumer called plan insufficient)

Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Franklin Paul

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