GOP senator: COVID-19 relief package 'gets done today'

Wyoming Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoOvernight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Manchin, Barrasso announce bill to revegetate forests after devastating fires Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs MORE (R) expressed optimism on Sunday that the Senate would reach a deal on another coronavirus relief package after months of talks.

“This gets done today. No more delays. We’re not leaving until we have relief for the American people,” Barrasso said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“People are hurting, people need help, and there are two things we need to do to write this final chapter on coronavirus,” he added. “The one is to get people vaccinated. We’re doing that now — 20 million people will be vaccinated by New Year’s Eve — but we need to provide help for the American people.”

After the Senate reached an impasse over a provision in the package regarding the Federal Reserve’s lending authority, Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats press Schumer on removing Confederate statues from Capitol Democrats' do-or-die moment Biden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.) reached an agreement Saturday night.

Barrasso said Sunday that the final agreement would include direct $600 payments to Americans as well as an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program.

“It’s a little more specific this time in that the business has to be fewer than 300 employees and they have to actually show a loss,” he added.

Fox’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceYarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Budget chairman: Debt ceiling fight 'a ridiculous position to be in' NIH director expects booster shots to be expanded, despite recommendation MORE also asked Barrasso about remarks he made to reporters last week after the Electoral College officially affirmed President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFighter jet escorts aircraft that entered restricted airspace during UN gathering Julian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy FBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp MORE's win. Asked whether he accepted the results, Barrasso last Monday called it a “gotcha question.”

“I accept what has happened with the election and with the Electoral College,” Barrasso told Wallace on Sunday. “This didn’t turn out the way I wanted, but the Electoral College has now certified the election. We have that Constitution, and I accept the outcome of the election.”

Asked directly whether Biden would be the next president of the United States, Barrasso responded, “Yes, he will.”