US Congress Passes $2 Trillion Stimulus Package In Response To COVID-19

Lindsey Graham on FNC 7/11/2019

President Trump is expected to sign the bill, the third coronavirus stimulus package passed by Congress.

The US Congress has passed its largest-ever financial stimulus package, worth $2 trillion, as the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

The Senate unanimously passed the bill by a 96-0 vote late Wednesday.

McCarthy told reporters Thursday that the House will practice social distancing, including not sitting next to each other, during debate and Friday's vote.

"We expect to have a voice vote on it, but if we don't, we'll be prepared for whatever it is", Pelosi said.

McCarthy added, "The fundamental portions of this bill has not changed since Sunday".

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was "proud" that not a single senator voted against the bill. "I always had faith we would (pass this bill) because America and the American people demanded it".

"In my view, it would be an outrage to prevent working-class Americans to receive the emergency unemployment assistance included in this legislation", he said.

Sen. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) is one of a handful of Republicans objecting to $600 million earmarked for Americans put out of work by the coronavirus shutdowns, on top of regular unemployment insurance payments.

Senate leaders noted the historic nature of the challenge posed by the coronavirus and hailed the passage of the bill.

"There are millions of Americans watching out right now at home on their televisions, separated from friends and family, fearful for their children and their livelihood, unsure when the time will come when all of our lives may return to normal", he said.

"This is really historic, bipartisan legislation to kill this coronavirus and save USA jobs and United States business", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox News in an interview.

Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.), a critic of the bill, said on Wednesday he wouldn't block it if both parties supported the legislation.



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