Congress agrees on coronavirus relief package after months of negotiations

$900 billion deal includes $600 relief checks for most Americans

WND News ServicesBy WND News Services
Published December 20, 2020 at 7:46pm

Delaware Army National Guard Pfc. Kelly Buterbaugh gives instructions to a motorist during a drive-thru coronavirus testing mission at the University of Delaware’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research Campus in Newark, Delaware, May 29, 2020. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Brendan Mackie)

By Andrew Trunsky
Daily Caller News Foundation

Congress agreed on a $900 billion coronavirus relief package Sunday, overcoming several last-minute stalemates over the Federal Reserve’s lending powers and direct cash payments, Senate leaders announced.

“At long last, we have the bipartisan breakthrough the country has needed,” Senate Majority Leader McConnell said Sunday on the Senate floor. “I hope we can do this as promptly as possible.”

A compromise was reached late Saturday between Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, who had sought to end the Fed’s emergency lending programs that were created via the CARES Act’s passage in March. Though congressional leaders touted the agreement, it came to be after months of partisan gridlock stemming from disagreements over the bill’s size and scope.



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