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Mitt Romney pitches $1,000 checks to help Americans cope with virus outbreak

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Mitt Romney pitches $1,000 checks to help Americans cope with virus outbreak

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, speaks with members of the media Mondau as he departs a meeting with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on an economic lifeline for Americans affected by the coronavirus outbreak on Capitol Hill in Washington. Patrick Semansky | AP

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SALT LAKE CITY— Republican Sen. Mitt Romney wants the federal government to send $1,000 checks to every American to help the country cope with the coronavirus outbreak causing widespread closures at restaurants, bars and other businesses around the country, including the capital of his adopted home state of Utah.

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The checks would help families pay their own bills and would bolster the economy overall, like actions Congress took during past recessions, he said. The effort would cost at least $100 billion, and he would be open to doing it more than once, he said. It wasn’t immediately clear how much support it has in Congress.

“My impression is, people recognize this is a unique and singular event in our nation’s history and we need to act to help people who are in distress given this terrible disease, and we will be prepared to act in a way which is not bound by financial concerns,” he said. Romney plans to push that and other proposals, like temporary required coverage of remote telehealth services, as discussions continue about […]

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