U.S. SENATE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES MASSIVE $2 TRILLION CORONAVIRUS RELIEF BILL

3/25/20 AT 11:48 PM EDT

In rare bipartisan fashion, the Senate on Wednesday voted unanimously to pass the largest emergency relief package in United States history to alleviate economic hardships that the coronavirus pandemic has placed on millions of Americans.

The measure passed 96-0, a show of overwhelming unity. The legislation will now head to the Democratic-led House, where it will be approved Friday morning, followed by President Donald Trump's signature.


The nearly 900-page measure includes $1,200 individual checks to Americans topping out at a cost of $250 billion; expanded unemployment benefits worth $250 billion for up to four months; $350 billion for small business loans, some of which will be forgiven; a $500 billion loan program for corporations; a $150 billion "Marshall Plan" for hospitals and medical supplies; and $350 billion in emergency funds for state and local governments and communities.

The $2 trillion stimulus package was the culmination of nearly a week of marathon negotiations that lasted practically around the clock, finally coming to a close on Wednesday.

"Our health care system is not prepared to care for the sick. Our workers are without work. Our businesses cannot do business. Our factories lie idle. The gears of the american economy have ground to a halt," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on the floor. "This is a time when the American people need their government. This is what we were elected for. The oath we swear to the constitution means we must protect the general welfare of the people."

https://www.newsweek.com/senate-unanimously-passes-massive-2-trillion-coronavirus-stimulus-that-includes-checks-americans-1494045

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