Headline RoundupOctober 2nd, 2020

House Democrats Pass $2.2 Trillion Stimulus Bill

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House Democrats passed a scaled-down version of their $2.2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package on Thursday night after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin failed to reach a bipartisan deal earlier in the week. The $2.2 trillion stimulus, decreased from the original $3.4 trillion HEROES Act in May, passed 214 to 207, with 18 moderate Democrats voting no on the bill in favor of waiting to reach a bipartisan agreement. The new bill would restore weekly $600 unemployment benefits, extend the Paycheck Protection Program that expired in early August, allocate $28 billion for a vaccine, provide another round of $1,200 direct payments to Americans and increase funding for schools, airlines workers and COVID testing. Outlets from across the political spectrum focused on the details of the bill and its likelihood of becoming law without Republican support. Some coverage from right-rated outlets highlighted analysis suggesting federal stimulus does not help the unemployment rate.

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