Senate approves bipartisan aid package late Wednesday as congressional leaders whip support

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The Senate has passed the $2 trillion relief package in response to coronavirus. Now, the bill moves on to the House.

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3/26/2020

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The Senate has passed the $2 trillion relief package in response to coronavirus. Now, the bill moves on to the House.

The House will vote Friday on $2 trillion relief package. By March 26, 2020, 2:26 PM 16 min read 9:04 Chuck Schumer details how stimulus package will help Americans The Senate minority leader explains the deal reached by Senate leaders and the White House to save the national economy from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. After haggling all day, the Senate voted late Wednesday night 96-0 to unanimously pass a sweeping $2 trillion relief package - representing the third congressional effort to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell observed that the upper chamber, which was deeply divided down partisan lines over impeachment earlier this year, had shifted from"one of the most contentious, partisan periods in the nations history to passing this rescue package." "I think one of the reasons that happened is we are inspired by what is going on around the country," McConnell, R-Ky., said."People are helping each other, people are reaching out, looking for ways to make a difference, following the directions of the healthcare professionals, this is a proud moment of the United States senate and for the country and we are going to win this battle in the very near future." "It's a historic day because it matches a historic crisis. And our people need help," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said."People came together to help the American people. And that's a great sign. It shows you that the Senate can function when the need is so real and so pressing." The bill now heads to the House, where Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced lawmakers will vote Friday morning to send the measure to the president's desk. "Our nation faces the worst pandemic in over fifty years. Urgent action continues to be needed to address this threat to the lives and livelihood of the American people," Pelosi, D-Calif., wrote in a statement early Thursday morning following the Senate vote."On Friday, the House will take up the legislation with strong bipartisan support.” Due to the limited flight options, members participating in self-quarantine, and several states mandating stay-at-home orders, congressional leaders announced that the House will vote to approve the bill by voice vote - without the need for all members to return to the Capitol to participate in a recorded roll call vote. "In order to protect the safety of Members and staff and prevent further spread of COVID-19 through Members’ travel, the Republican Leader and I expect that the House vote on final passage will be done by voice vote," House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., announced Wednesday night."Members who want to come to the House Floor to debate this bill will be able to do so. In addition, we are working to ensure that those who are unable to return to Washington may express their views on this legislation remotely." McConnell announced the Senate will not meet again for legislative business until April 20. The upper chamber will still meet every few days for pro forma sessions, where additional measures may be considered amid the ongoing crisis. Once the bill clear the House, the lower chamber is also expected to take a long recess while the country recovers from the pandemic. Senate Republicans downplayed concessions given to Democrats throughout the marathon negotiations , arguing Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer"delayed life-saving aid to medical professionals and significant relief for families and small businesses in order to claim credit for wins that are either bipartisan or Republican ideas." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gives a thumbs up as he leaves the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 25, 2020, where a deal has been reached on a coronavirus bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gives a thumbs up as he leaves the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 25, 2020, where a deal has been reached on a coronavirus bill. Andrew Harnik/AP MORE: Coronavirus government response updates: $2 trillion stimulus deal reached, Trump wants country 'open for business' on Easter "Reading Chuck Schumer's list, we half expected that the next thing I read would be the minority leader taking credit for inventing fire," a senior Senate GOP aide said."The reality is that almost every significant"win" he's taking credit for, is actually a Senate Republican idea." Tune into ABC at 1 p.m. ET and ABC News Live at 4 p.m. ET every weekday for special coverage of the novel coronavirus with the full ABC News team, including the latest news, context and analysis. The aide claimed Senate Republicans"never objected" that oversight of the Economic Stabilization Fund be structured in the mold of Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) oversight, or that the bill would include billions of dollars to shore up hospitals. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer delivers remarks during a private interview, after Congress agreed to a multi-trillion dollar economic stimulus package created in response to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 Coronavirus, on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 25, 2020. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer delivers remarks during a private interview, after Congress agreed to a multi-trillion dollar economic stimulus package created in response to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 Coronavirus, on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 25, 2020. Tom Brenner/Reuters "What Schumer and Senate Democrats actually wanted was to create a completely new structure that would have given subpoena power to a new panel that would have had oversight of the entire Trump administration pandemic response," the aide argued."From the beginning, when Leader McConnell laid out four pillars of phase three, unprecedented aid to the nation's hospitals was a primary element. There was always going to be tens and tens of billions for our hospitals in the CARES Act. Sen. Schumer's attempt to take credit for an increase in hospital aid is nonsensical because there was no opposition." Wednesday afternoon, a quartet of Senate Republicans objected to a provision in the massive unemployment insurance expansion in the package that they say could mean that some Americans could be paid more to be out of work than they were earning before they were laid off or furloughed because of the pandemic. In the unprecedented expansion of jobless benefits in the relief bill, each worker would receive a $600 weekly check for four months -- on top of the customary benefits doled out by states. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who pushed for the expansion of these benefits, said he and three other GOP senators -- Rick Scott of Florida, Tim Scott of South Carolina and Nebraska's Ben Sasse -- are demanding an amendment to the bill that would cap benefits for the jobless at 100%t of a worker's pay before he or she was out of a job. "This bill pays you more not to work than if you were working," Graham said, contending the bill would pay the unemployed roughly $24 per hour, on average. The provision, which aides said was not a drafting error, was negotiated by the Trump Administration, Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and senior Democrats, including Schumer and Ron Wyden, the ranking Democrat on the Finance Committee. Unemployment insurance, which is administered at the state level through individual programs, was not conducive to imposing a brand new federal bureaucracy to dole out emergency benefits, Republican and Democratic aides who were close to the talks explained. Senate negotiators chose to come up with a national average wage in order to arrive at the $600 weekly figure, and the bill would have the states take on that financial burden on the front end only to be repaid by the federal government. Ultimately, the problem was just a hiccup, with the four introducing an amendment that would cap unemployment benefits, but it failed in a vote late Wednesday. MORE: Who would get what and when from the $2 trillion stimulus package All politics are local, and beyond exerting public pressure to lobby the Senate to improve the bill, this is a package that most members of the House had little direct sway in crafting. That has generated apprehension that a single member -- Republican or Democrat -- could scuttle efforts to pass the Senate agreement without calling all of the House's membership back to Washington to cast a roll call vote. House Republican leaders held two conference calls with their members on Wednesday to build cohesive support for the Senate agreement. Minority Whip Steve Scalise is also touting the Senate deal as"the largest economic relief package in American history." Scalise's whip team convened a conference call Tuesday where a source expressed optimism that all lawmakers won't need to return for a vote -- and that they won't have to change the rules to achieve that. Whenever a vote is called in the House, the member presiding over the House asks all in favor to say"Aye!" – and all opposed -- "No!" This generally provoke each side to yell out their votes and the chair rules on whichever side he or she believes prevailed. Only then does a member - usually from the losing end - stand to request a recorded vote. The way GOP leaders see it, their members could still shout"NO!!!!!" and be satisfied that they expressed their opposition without forcing a roll call vote. But it remains an open question whether all members would be content without a recorded vote. "It only takes one member to object to trying to pass this via [unanimous consent], which is a very real possibility that we recognize," a whip team source acknowledged."However, passing this by voice vote remains a possibility. We have discussed this with various factions of our conference, and believe this is a possible outcome. Strong Republican support for the bill is evident at this point." During an appearance on PBS prior to the Senate vote, Pelosi said she does not believe the House will be able to pass the stimulus bill by unanimous consent. "No I don't think we can get unanimous consent," Pelosi said. "I think there are a number of people who are working their way here on the Republican side for sure -- maybe the Democrat side -- to object to unanimous consent." She also acknowledged the House could approve the measure by a voice vote. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is already warning that the agreement is"terrible" for New York -- even though Schumer, the senior senator from the Big Apple, had an outsized role negotiating the deal. MORE: Coronavirus live updates: Stimulus plan 'terrible' for NY, Cuomo says House Democratic leaders are also conferring with each other as they await a Senate vote, and working to hold off the left flank of the party from upsetting the bipartisan vibe. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi delivers a statement at the hallway of the Speakers Balcony at the U.S. Capitol, March 23, 2020, in Washington, DC. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi delivers a statement at the hallway of the Speakers Balcony at the U.S. Capitol, March 23, 2020, in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images, FILE While Pelosi refused to fully endorse the agreement as she awaited the legislative text, her statement Wednesday morning outlined several victories Democrats are emphasizing in order to unite the caucus -- while admitting the agreement does not match the Democratic priorities spelled out in their own proposal. "This bipartisan legislation takes us a long way down the road in meeting the needs of the American people," Pelosi stated."While the compromise does not go as far as our Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act, thanks to the unity and insistence of Senate and House Democrats, the bill has moved a great deal closer to America's workers." What to know about coronavirus: How it started and how to protect yourself: Read more: ABC News

GovCuomo SHOULD I REMIND U-It's NOT the federal governments job 2provide 4States! U charge enough in taxes, should have a surplus 2handle emergencies! Demo🐀🐀 r like teenagers w/credit card-spend-spend-& when ER arises expect Mommy/Daddy2B bail them out! Wondering how much should NY get? Does this state supercede all other states’ needs? This crisis has def highlighted issues re allocation of resources.Its ironic Dems who support sanctuary cities are now fighting for resources! Highlights the problems associated w open borders!

ALL OUR GOV. OFFICALS IN THE WH. CARE ABOUT IS THER BOTTON LINE HOW MUCH MONEY THEY CAN STEAL FROM THE POOR AMERICAN TAXPAYERS. AN AT THE SAME TIME LYING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH THIS KIND OF BULLSHIT (WE'RE WORKING HARD WE'RE GET THESE CHECKS OUT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TRUTH Well use all that millions of dollars added on to the bill now that would help. Democrats are so self centered and taking citizens hostage. Fire them. Rise up people and demand they be fired. Quit allowing it

Hey Gov. Cuomo: Who paid $750M for a solar factory? Maybe you should have spent that money on building up New York's supply of masks, gowns and ventilators. Basically you flushed $750M down the drain. Perhaps the Kennedy Center will donate the funds marked for them. Local government needs!? They get everything they need already!

Well, let's get the first batch out to the people. Then work on the 2nd batch of dollars. If we wait for the Congress to get enough out for this first time, disaster may ensue. Fun to hear how he talks to Nancy? If I remember correctly there are 50 states and all have their needs not just NY.

White House, Senate reach historic $2-trillion stimulus deal amid growing coronavirus fearsWhite House and Senate leaders struck a major deal early Wednesday morning over a $2-trillion package to provide a jolt to an economy struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic, capping days of marathon negotiations that produced one of the most expensive and far-reaching measures in the history of Congress. Details...

The Federal government is experiencing the same short fall of income as NYS. Don't be ungrateful just say thank you for the 5 billion. There are 49 other states plus DC NYGovCuomo This is the people that doesn't like the flag NYCs Kennedy Center got $25 million bucks out this bill, so quit complaining...

He needs to address that with Chuck Schumer. He diverted millions for NPR, PBS etc. We tried honestly, but Trump is everywhere we look. My mental state is not so good after he appears Love it - DoYourJob - make it trend I wait to listen to the governor speak daily. This is the talk America needs As long as cuomo is supporting gays(the devils message) and waving a gay flag in his profile pic your gonna see more deaths in ny. He’s part of the problem spreading evil and the devils message. The devil is having a lot of fun right now.

This is the only leader we need to hear from daily. ABC NEWS needs to cancel the daily Trump propaganda rally.Thanks

Coronavirus live updates: White House, Senate leaders agree on $2 trillion stimulus; US deaths top 800Amid another swell in U.S. deaths, White House and Senate leaders reached a $2 trillion stimulus deal to ease financial pain across the country. 3 bulgarians' mom at Lisa's. As long as the bill is not stuff with abortion law, gun confiscation and open borders life is good!

HE OBVIOUSLY ISN'T WORRIED, ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE & SMALL RESTAURANT & BUSINESSES! THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DOES! It's completely Trump's fault. Getting the private sector was smart, yes, but they only care about one thing - their ROI. He runs the city into the ground and expects the us to bail him out...

Senate Reaches Historic Deal On $2 Trillion Coronavirus Economic Rescue PackageSenate leaders have struck a deal to inject the U.S. economy with about $2 trillion. The plan includes direct payments to Americans, expansion of unemployment insurance, billions in aid to businesses and funding for the health care industry. How much do they put in their pockets? I thought this virus was contagious. Well that's good. Doesn't the occupants still have to sign it? Will he be handing out German fester'd pencils so that everybody can catch the Corona virus?

Coronavirus Live Updates: Senate Moves Toward Passing Sweeping $2 Trillion Aid DealPeople fleeing New York to other parts of the country were told to quarantine themselves for 14 days. Prince Charles has the virus. The number of deaths in Spain — more than 3,400 — surpassed the toll in China. FAKE NEWS TIMES JayInslee GovInslee MayorJenny

Factbox: What's in the nearly $2 trillion U.S. Senate coronavirus stimulus?The U.S. Senate on Tuesday was negotiating a nearly $2 trillion emergency bill t... CORRUPTION Know what your problem is here? You deliberately left out wicked witch Pelosi’s wish list for the Kennedy Ctr., NOAA, diversity boards, the NEA, wind, solar, and emissions - a whole slew of stuff that absolutely nothing to with this pandemic emergency. That’s why ur not trusted. Nothing for health workers, pretty sure

White House, Senate Agree To $2 Trillion Coronavirus Rescue PackageThe Trump administration and Senate Majority Leader McConnell confirmed that the White House and Senate reached a deal for an unprecedented $2 trillion aid package aimed at propping up individuals, businesses and health care amid the coronavirus pandemic. It leaves millions of people without help. So, did they leave the billions in 'Grants' for the airlines and Boeing intact? Because those grants are wholly undeserved. They should not see a single penny for free after the way they wantonly spent their money on buybacks at all-time highs. Were they able to get that funding for PBS, flying velociraptor stagecoaches, or banana cottage cheese research? I know there were a lot of big priorities left out of the original GOP version before SpeakerPelosi swooped in and rescued this thing. 🚑🤡



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