PRESIDENT Donald Trump has expressed support for another coronavirus stimulus bill that could include incentives encouraging Americans to go back to work.
During a Fox Business interview on Wednesday, Trump said that his administration aims to create opportunities for Americans to return to work.
"We want to create a very great incentive to work. So, we're working on that and I'm sure we'll all come together," he said.
The president said he'll meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tonight to discuss a "substantial number" for the potential second stimulus bill.
He praised last month's "record jobs" numbers, citing an increase in retail sales before asserting that the US will hopefully near the end of the coronavirus pandemic.
"I think we're going to be very good with the coronavirus and it will disappear very soon, I hope," Trump said, adding that he believes a vaccine will be created "very soon."
He also encouraged masks, noting that he thought he "looked like the Lone Ranger" when wearing a black one of his own.
The president's comments indicate that his administration will block attempts from Democrats in Congress to renew a supplemental $600 to weekly unemployment benefits set to expire at the end of this month.
The extra cash was one of the measures included in the CARES Act passed in late March.
Republicans have argued that the supplemental benefit has created a disincentive for people to go back to work, a claim echoed by the president during his interview.
"It was an incentive, not to go to work. You'd make more money if you don't go to work – that's not what this country is all about," Trump said.
"And people didn't want that. They wanted to go to work, but it didn't make sense because they make more money if they didn't."
Administration officials have said their response will be based on economic data that will be published over the next couple of weeks.
Negotiations about a second COVID-19 relief bill won't pick up until Congress returns from break following the July 4 holiday.
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