Indiana Senator Mike Braun talks COVID relief bill, election fraud

Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., speaks to reporters as he arrives for the weekly Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Network Indiana) — A new coronavirus relief bill is still possible, said Sen. Mike Braun. But, he believes it will only happen if lawmakers stick to discussing coronavirus-related relief money.

“A lot of the economy is back on its feet. But, there are certain sectors and small businesses and their employees that still need targeted help,” he said. “In Indiana particularly you’ve got sports and entertainment venues, downtown hotels, airlines across the country, restaurants that haven’t been able to adapt to the spacing and takeout form.”

Braun said the new bill could also cover companies related to those businesses, which are also suffering.

Braun said that of the several proposals being looked at by Congress, one bi-partisan effort that stands out would cost about $1 trillion. But, he has a problem with the proposal.

“It’s got help for state and local governments, which is a difficult topic because it rewards some of the bad management in places that need it the most.”

He said any bill that has a chance will be one that remains pure to helping people recover from the economic problems caused by coronavirus and lockdowns.

“If you start to bring in anything extraneous to COVID and the businesses and employees impacted by it, I think you start to take away the chances of it happening,” he said.

Braun also addressed his stance on claims by the president that there is widespread election fraud. He said he’ll be willing to acknowledge the new administration after the electors cast their vote.

“Let the president pursue, as he has the right to do, any irregularities that he sees,” he said. “That goes up until Dec. 14. He’s acknowledged then that he’ll accept whatever the Electoral College does.”