WASHINGTON—As Congress discusses a new economic-relief package, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing for $120 billion in aid for restaurants that aims to prevent further closures and job losses due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Sen. Roger Wicker (R., Miss.) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D., Ore.) are taking the lead on the idea, which calls for direct grants administered by the U.S. Treasury. The lawmakers, who say they were brought together by a group representing smaller, independent restaurants, plan to unveil differing…

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