Senate unanimously passes coronavirus aid plan

by Jordyn Pair · Mar 26th, 2020 8:06 am

Last Updated Mar 26th, 2020 at 9:21 am

The Senate has unanimously passed a $2.2 trillion economic aid package aimed at businesses, workers, and health care systems impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The package is the largest relief bill in history.

"The legislation now before us now is historic because it is meant to match a historic crisis," said Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). "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."

The package expands unemployment benefits and puts $367 billion toward small businesses. It also includes $500 billion for guaranteed loans for larger industries, such as airlines.

The deal also provides a one-time direct payment to Americans of $1,200 per adult making up to $75,000 a year, a married couple making up to $150,000, and $500 per child.

Hospitals expecting a flood of coronavirus patients are set to receive around $130 billion. Local response efforts and community services will receive $45 billion through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The package will also add an additional $600 per week to unemployment benefits for furloughed workers.

Businesses controlled by members of Congress, top administration officials, and President Trump are ineligible for the aid.

The House is expected to pass the legislation on Friday.


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