(UPDATED) Congress rushes to pass $900B COVID-19 relief package as part of larger spending bill

Congressional leaders unveiled a long-awaited agreement for $900 billion in coronavirus relief as part of a huge spending bill on Monday, leaving members mere hours to review on the 5,593-page behemoth before casting their vote the same night.

The legislation passed 359-53 in the Democrat-led House, before being sent to the Republican-control Senate where it passed 91-7 Monday night.

What are the details?

Leaders from Congress and the White House have been negotiating for months to decide on a deal that was finally reached Sunday and released in text form the next day — just in time to pass the legislation ahead of a Christmas break.

The final product was rolled into “a $2.3 trillion package that included $1.4 trillion to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30,” The New York Times reported.

According to Fox Business:

The measure includes about $325 billion in small business relief, including $284 billion in forgivable loans for small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program; an extension of boosted federal unemployment benefits at $300 a week through March 14, 2021, and a second $600 stimulus check for Americans earning less than $75,000. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday he expects the federal government to begin issuing checks to millions of Americans as soon as next week.

Members from both sides of the aisle condemned the $600 stimulus checks as too paltry given the number of Americans pushed out of work and into poverty due to the pandemic and its effects on businesses and individuals. Some Republicans, however, voiced concern over the $1 trillion already added to the federal deficit from the bill as it stood.

Anything else?

Lawmakers from both parties and both chambers also expressed frustration at receiving the bill with such short time to review what it entails.

Several Republicans made the rare step of agreeing with far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), when she condemned the fact that members were not shown the legislation in enough time to review what they were expected to sign off on.

“Congress is expected to vote on the second largest bill in US history *today* – $2.5 trillion – and as of about 1pm, members don’t even have the legislative text of it yet,” she wrote. “It’s not good enough to hear about what’s in the bill. Members of Congress need to see & read the bills we are expected to vote on.”

She added, “I know it’s ‘controversial’ & I get in trouble for sharing things like this, but the people of this country deserve to know. They deserve better.”

The Hill reported that the White House has signaled that President Donald Trump “will sign the legislation into law when it reaches his desk.”

7 thoughts on “(UPDATED) Congress rushes to pass $900B COVID-19 relief package as part of larger spending bill

  1. Running the debt up irresponsibly to unsustainalble is one major trait/ploy of the Dem party to maneuver for control and fools like McConnell play along.

  2. I do not believe President Trump should sign the $900B COVID-19 relief package as part of larger spending bill. It should be seperat and apart from the Annual Budget. The Annual Budget itself should not be passed unless read and understood by Congress.

  3. 900 Billion. that is a lot of money. Unfortunately one huge amount of that is not going to help people in dire straights. The payroll protection plan has been robbed by fraudulent claims from already very rich members of the government and their friends. Now that ain’t right McGee. Trim the fat and keep the government’s hands off of our tax dollars. They act like it is their money to dole out. Well it will take 100 years of our kids and their kids, kids taxes to balance their inflated budget over runs.

  4. The “swamp” prevails again. And, before the stench is at its peak, the text requests arrive asking for more donations! Getting easier and easier to delete requests.

  5. Just another “we have to pass it to see what’s in it” piece of legislation full of graft and corruption put together by guess who!

  6. “We have to pass it to find out what’s in it!” Haven’t we heard? that before? Keep the measly few dollars I will get to survive while you send millions over seas to study gender in Pakistan and look at the weather in Tibet, and give Millions of the Kennedy Center which has been closed for the last year, the workers fired, and is run by Nancy Pelosi’s daughter. Wow. OH where or where does the money go, OH where Oh where does it go. Well, the guy who was putting a stop to it is out of office on January 20th and the faucet will be turned on full to drain our national treasury. Absolutely disgusting.

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