In this May 6, 2020, file photo, U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, asks questions during a committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Credit: Greg Nash / AP

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine said it’s looking increasingly unlikely a major compromise on pandemic relief will happen.

King said Republicans in the Senate have not moved from the $600 billion package they proposed last month. He said that is too small for Democrats, for President Joe Biden and for him.

“The problem, to be honest, is that the Republicans are so far from what the president proposed it’s hard to figure out how that gap can be sufficiently narrowed,” he said.

King said there may be the opportunity for some Republican input to the package through amendments as the measure works its way through Congress.

“There are two possible paths. One is some kind of negotiation to produce a bipartisan package overall. The other is bipartisan amendments to the reconciliation bill when it comes to the floor,” he said.

King said many senators are working on the bill through this week’s recess because it needs to be passed this month to prevent federal extended unemployment benefits from ending in March.

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.