Congress Passes $2.3 Trillion Coronavirus Relief, Government Funding Bill

By Paul Riegler on 22 December 2020
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Congress late Monday passed a massive year-end bill that will provide long-delayed coronavirus relief and fund the government through September 30, 2021

President Trump is expected to sign the measure on Tuesday.

The 5,600-page bill, which passed the House of Representatives 359 to 53 and the Senate by a 92 to 6 vote, includes $284 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses, a $300-per-week federal unemployment boost for 11 weeks, an additional round of economic stimulus checks at $600 per person, more money for schools and hospitals, and an extension of the federal eviction moratorium.

The action comes after lawmakers in both houses spent months trying to negotiate economic relief legislation.

“More help is on the way,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor Sunday night.

The bill included $15 billion in payroll support for the airline industry and was applauded by industry groups. Airlines for America, an industry trade group representing major U.S. airlines, said that the industry and the country needed the measure, shortly after it passed the House and Senate.

The bill “will provide much-needed, comprehensive relief for our country,” said the group’s CEO, Nicholas Calio.

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