Senate passes Coronavirus rescue package with unanimous vote

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The White House struck an historic $2 trillion, bipartisan stimulus package that, if approved by Congress, will send money to certain families and businesses, among others, who are struggling financially during the coronavirus pandemic. He expects the bill to pass by voice vote.

The measure is set for House passage on Friday and President Donald Trump's immediate signature.

The legislation aims to flood the economy with capital by sending $1,200 checks to many Americans, creating a $367 billion loan program for small businesses, and setting up a $500 billion fund for industries, cities and states.

By early Wednesday, Senate and White House negotiators had agreed on a package that increases unemployment benefits from three months to four, adds $55 billion for health care and $150 billion for local, state and tribal coronavirus relief. The Senate stayed in session in anticipation of still passing the bill after days of delays.

Other objections floated in from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has become a prominent Democrat on the national scene as the country battles the pandemic. Additionally, Trump has said that he will sign the bill as soon as it is passed in the House of Representatives.

One of the last issues to close concerned $500 billion for guaranteed, subsidized loans to larger industries, including a fight over how generous to be with the airlines.

Democrats said the package would help replace the salaries of furloughed workers for four months, rather than the three months first proposed.

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Once the bill passes the Senate, as expected, it will then go to the House, where Mrs. Pelosi has said that she wants to pass without having to recall members back to Washington from their districts for a floor vote.

Those payments would be in addition to a broad expansion in unemployment benefits, which would be extended to nontraditional employees, including gig workers and freelancers, that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) had pushed for, according to a Democratic aide familiar with the negotiations. The goal is to blunt the blow to the economy "so that we have a foundation from which to recover", she said.

"I believe it's absolutely the responsibility of the Legislature to make sure we have statutes in place for scope of practice and we are doing everything we can to make sure people have access to health care providers and they have it with the right ones", Friedman said.

"This is a proud moment for the United States Senate and the country, and we're going to win this battle", McConnell told reporters after the vote. Democratic senators also added to the incentive package prepared by the Republicans and a $ 2 trillion package was prepared. In fact, our unemployment claims in Montana since march 17th, we just looked it up 15 minutes ago, 14,350 Montanans have filed for unemployment in the last week'.

A separate $350 billion loan program for small businesses offers to forgive money lent to businesses that avoid layoffs, inspired by cataclysmic forecasts of mass unemployment. House members are scattered around the country and the timetable for votes in that chamber was unclear.

The deal includes a $150 billion boost in hospital funding and a $150 billion fund for state and local governments, both pushed for by Democrats.

In an on-air interview this morning, CNN's John Berman asked the NY senator, "In terms of the president's own companies, I understand there is some restrictions there". That package, estimated to cost more than $100 billion, provided for new paid sick leave benefits and funds to expedite access to coronavirus testing.

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