The House passed a coronavirus relief bill shortly after midnight on Saturday following lengthy negotiations between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. The bill passed on a bipartisan basis with President Trump’s endorsement.

It will be considered by the Senate next week, although Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cautioned that Republican senators will have to thoroughly read the 110-page bill before bringing it to a vote.

The package addresses the potentially devastating economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, including measures on free testing and paid sick leave. 

More in Coronavirus: The Race To Respond

Here’s what’s included in the legislation:

Mr. Trump signed an $8.3 billion emergency response package last week. Congress is expected to continue considering legislation to respond to the crisis in the coming weeks.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Can we rekindle the collective, caring spirit that emerged during lockdown?

I know I’m not the only one who felt it: the change in the air, during those first months of the pandemic. Not the chemical change – though I’ll remember that too, the teasing freshness of a reduced-transit world –…

Five years on, Trudeau’s vow to build a diverse public service still unfulfilled

When they took power in 2015, the Trudeau Liberals promised to “build a government that looks like Canada.” But their government, now in its second mandate, still hasn’t hired enough minority senior staff members to truly reflect the country’s diverse makeup. Only four chiefs of…

Women’s minister rejects concerns over ill-fitting PPE ‘made for men’

The UK’s minister for women and equalities has downplayed concerns that female NHS staff are being placed at increased risk during the coronavirus crisis because protective gear has been designed for men. Liz Truss insisted insisted health workers required “the same protection … regardless…

Former Hillary Clinton aide says Sanders’ ‘authenticity’ could overtake Trump

Ahead of the New Hampshire primary, former Hillary Clinton national press secretary Brian Fallon told ABC News’ “Powerhouse Politics” podcast he’s “intrigued” by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders‘ campaign strategy to motivate his supporters as the general election inches closer. “I’m…