As congressional leaders struggle to find common ground on the next coronavirus aid package, Oklahoma lawmakers also seem conflicted about what type of assistance is necessary and how best to target the money.

In statements this week, Oklahomans in the U.S. Senate and House said the next round of assistance needs to be as targeted as possible, and none endorsed the proposals on the table.

“We should deal with this economically like we’re dealing with the virus in some ways,” Sen. James Lankford, a Republican, said Thursday.

“The virus itself as it moves around — some people are not affected by it at all, they get it and literally don’t know they have it and other people end up in the hospital on a ventilator or a fatality.

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