Politics

December 22, 2020

US Congress passes $900 billion coronavirus relief package

The Gist

It includes $600 checks for many Americans, $300 in aid to people laid off because of the pandemic, and funding for vaccine distribution.

The List

  • Late on Monday the Senate voted 92-6 to approve the much anticipated coronavirus aid package along with a $1.4 trillion spending bill that will fund the government through September 2021. 
  • The total stimulus is worth $2.3 trillion and also includes support for small businesses, supplemental unemployment insurance, and funding for federal agencies. 
  • The bill will now head to the White House where Donald Trump is expected to sign the package into law. 
  • House Speaker N. Pelosi said she supported the relief bill even though it did not include direct aid for state/local governments that Democrats fought for. 
  • Republican Representative Hal Rogers said the package “reflects a fair compromise.”

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