INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI)- Indiana U.S. Senator Mike Braun joined Governor Eric Holcomb during his press briefing to discuss Coronavirus relief on Wednesday. Senator Braun used the time to discuss how the new stimulus bill will help the state of Indiana. There are some changes this time around including how much money people will receive for those making less than 75 thousand dollars a year. One provision he discussed was the paycheck protection loans for small businesses.
Previously, the business had to have 500 employees to qualify for the PPP loan. This time around businesses with at least 300 employees will now qualify. Senator Braun feels like this will help more small businesses in the state of Indiana.
Braun also discussed stimulus checks that are set to be deposited into average Americans' bank accounts.
He says he isn't opposed to increasing the amount to 2-thousand dollars if it goes to the people that need it.
"I'm ok with enhanced amounts as long as it's aimed at the people still suffering from it when you do it across the board it takes the one proposal up to almost a half-trillion dollars," said Senator Braun.
Braun feels that the increased stimulus should be targeted at individuals who have lost their jobs or lost their income due to COVID-19.
Senator Mike Braun also mentioned that he isn't sure if he plans to join republican colleagues in objecting to the certification of the Electoral College votes. This comes as GOP Senator Josh Hawley from Missouri announced he plans to challenge the certification.
Braun says he doesn't agree with how investigations into what he calls "irregularities" in certain states were handled.
He feels the federal government shouldn't be weighing in on election results that are handled by local election boards. He thinks investigations should be left up to the states. Braun plans to listen to what objections Senator Hawley has.
"What I am going to do is look at the merits of what he's got underlying his objection and I think there will be many of us that look at that," said Senator Braun.
Braun says he doesn't believe that the objecting or challenging the certification of the Electoral Colleges vote will succeed in overturning the election of President-Elect Joe Biden.