U.S. Sen. Mark Warner on Monday said the federal government must do more to assist small businesses and families amid the public health pandemic while noting localities may get some breaks on federal CARES Act funding restrictions.

The Virginia Democrat hosted an hourlong town hall meeting with 14 Southwest Virginia community leaders and residents during a campaign swing through the region. He faces Republican nominee Daniel Gade, an Army veteran and instructor at American University, plus two independent candidates, on Nov. 3.

Part of the discussion centered on the federal response to COVID-19 and the negative impacts on the economy, businesses and the public and private sectors. Warner said federal officials must do more. Negotiations regarding a second wave of federal financial support stalled more than two weeks ago, and the Senate adjourned Aug. 13 with no apparent prospects of returning this month.