Senate Passes Stimulus Package; House to Vote Next
The Senate passed a $2.2 trillion economic rescue package in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The bill received complete bipartisan support with not one senator voting against it.
The plan includes help for unemployment, small businesses and money directly to Americans.
In the plan, $350 billion of it will be funding small business loans.
An additional $250 billion is allotted to go directly to Americans. Payments of $1,200 dollars per adult and an additional $500 per child, possibly as soon as early April.
The House still has to vote on the package, and that is expected to happen on Friday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the fact that the bill passed the Senate so successfully, without a single vote against it, was a unique picture of unity after so much contention.
“From arguably the most partisan, divisive thing you can possibly do, to coming together entirely, a hundred of us, to meet this challenge, I think says a lot about the United States Senate as an institution. Our willingness to put aside our differences to do something really significant for the country.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the massive bill is worth it.
“It will be worth it to save millions of small businesses and tens of millions of jobs. It will be worth it to see Americans who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own be able to pay their rents and mortgages and put food on the table.”