House sends amended coronavirus relief bill to Senate

House sends amended coronavirus relief bill to Senate

House sends amended coronavirus relief bill to Senate

The US Senate passed a $100 billion emergency package Wednesday to help Americans hit hard financially by the coronavirus crisis, with more federal assistance in the pipeline. The bill also provides $1 billion in food aid to the needy and $1 billion in unemployment funds to states.

The Washington Post had to issue a correction on a column from their "conservative" blogger Jennifer Rubin after she falsely claimed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was taking his time on the House of Representatives' Wuhan coronavirus package bill.

The number of confirmed US coronavirus cases passed 7,000 on Wednesday.

During an hour-long press conference at the White House on Tuesday, officials with the Trump administration floated a plan in which they would send cash directly to citizens "within two weeks" in an attempt to boost the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

McConnell acknowledged the urgent need to get relief to workers, but stressed he would compel the chamber to stay in session until a broader, Phase Three relief package is completed. Gohmert blocked the procedural move and said he wants to know precisely what changes are being made to the bill. Businesses with more than 500 workers are covered, and businesses with fewer than 50 employees can apply for an exemption.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said it would also include $300 billion in deferred tax payments.

As he took questions, McConnell argued that "a much larger bill" is necessary to deal with the pandemic, but the counsel he offered to his colleagues was to "gag and vote for it anyway even if they think it has some shortcomings, and to address those shortcomings in the bill we are in the process of crafting".

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer called for immediate negotiations on the stimulus.

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