Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged that lawmakers wouldn’t leave the Capitol until the bill was passed, and gave lawmakers and their offices just a few hours to review the massive 5,593-page bill.
The Senate later aligned with the House and passed the COVID-19 relief package and government funding plan. The vote was 91-7, and members needed 60 votes to pass the bill since it skipped several parliamentary steps, Fox News’ Chad Pergram reported.
- House lawmakers passed the measure in a vote 359 to 53.
- Congress has not passed substantial relief measures since March, when it signed the $2.2 trillion CARES Act into law
The COVID-19 portion includes a number of provisions designed to help American families and businesses as coronavirus cases throughout the U.S. surge. Among them are $600 economic impact payments – half of the amount distributed under the CARES Act – a $300 per week supplemental unemployment insurance benefit that extends through March.
Other portions include additional PPP loan money, as well as funding to help distribute coronavirus vaccines.
The coronavirus relief legislation was passed as part of a larger omnibus spending package, designed to fund the government through Sept. 30.
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