Senate Unanimously Passes Coronavirus Relief Bill

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On Wednesday night, the Senate passed a massive $2 trillion stimulus bill with a unanimous 96-0 vote to relieve the economic problems caused by the Chinese coronavirus.

According to The Washington Post, “The bill would extend $1,200 to most American adults and $500 for most children, create a $500 billion lending program for businesses, cities and states, and a $367 billion employee retention fund for small businesses. It would direct $130 billion to hospitals and provide four months of expanded unemployment insurance, among other things.

Lawmakers and the White House were bombarded with lobbyists and special interest groups seeking assistance during the negotiations, and the price tag rose from $850 billion to $2.2 trillion in just a matter of days.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) responded to the passage of the bill, saying, “I think if I were writing your headline, I’d say the Senate has pivoted from one of the most contentious, partisan periods in the nation’s history, to passing this rescue package 100-0, all in one quarter of this year. From arguably the most partisan, divisive thing you could possibly do, to coming together entirely, 100 of us, to meet this challenge. I think it says a lot about the United States Senate as an institution, our willingness to put aside our differences to do something really significant for the country.”