Senate Passes $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus with 96-0 Vote

Headline Roundup March 26th, 2020

The Senate voted unanimously to pass a $2 trillion emergency coronavirus response package Wednesday night, setting up a House vote Friday. President Donald Trump has said he'll sign the bill "immediately"; it's the largest stimulus in U.S. history.

The move followed squabbling over unemployment provisions, purported leniency for corporations and other details Wednesday that threatened to delay the bill even further. Updated 3/26/2020 at 12:09 a.m. ET

Senate Passes $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus with 96-0 Vote

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The Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act late Wednesday night. The measure passed with a unanimous vote of 96-0 and has a price tag of $2.2 trillion.

The Senate, however, failed to pass the Sasse Amendment which would prevent people from receiving more unemployment benefits than they would if they had a job. The vote was tied 48-48.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made it clear this would be the Senate's last opportunity to pass the bill before they go on recess until after...

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The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a $2 trillion relief package Wednesday night designed to alleviate some of the worst effects of the swift economic downturn currently underway as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ahead of the 96-0 vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told lawmakers, "Our nation obviously is going through a kind of crisis that is totally unprecedented in living memory."

As of the evening of March 25, there were 65,000 diagnosed cases of the highly-contagious virus in the U.S. and more than 900 deaths.

"The legislation...

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WASHINGTON — In an overwhelming bipartisan vote, the Senate on Wednesday passed a $2-trillion economic stimulus package — the largest ever — designed to pump money directly into Americans’ pockets while also shoring up hospitals, businesses and state and local governments struggling against the coronavirus pandemic.
The $2-trillion price tag is equal to more than half of the $3.5 trillion the federal government expects to collect in taxes this year, and is 9% of the nation’s gross domestic product.

“It’s going to take care of people,” President Trump said...

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