McConnell says U.S. Senate to take up 'roughly' $500 billion coronavirus aid package next week

FILE PHOTO: Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell sits on stage during a debate with Democratic Senate candidate Amy McGrath, in Lexington, Kentucky, U.S., October 12, 2020. Michael Clubb/Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the coronavirus aid package the Senate will take up next week will be “roughly” $500 billion.

Speaking in Corbin, Kentucky, McConnell, a Republican, said the bill will include funding for schools and the Paycheck Protection Program that has helped small businesses during the pandemic. He said it would also have liability protections for businesses and organizations that are sought by Republicans but opposed by Democrats.

Reporting by Susan Cornwell, Editing by Franklin Paul