US Senate Passes Coronavirus Economic Bill, Heads to Trump Desk for Signature

Andrew Cummings
March 19, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) understands some of his Republican colleagues aren't pleased with the House's coronavirus relief bill, but he's not particularly concerned about their feelings right now in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

The economic relief bill, which passed in the Senate with a final vote of 90-8 (60 votes needed to advance), now heads to the desk of US President Donald Trump for his signature to sign the matter into law.

Rubin initially wrote, "Finally, the Republican-led Senate is fiddling while Rome burns". Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Tim Scott of SC.

The benefits in the bill include free coronavirus testing, expanded family and medical leave for some, paid emergency sick leave for some, unemployment benefits, food assistance, and protections for health care workers, according to NBC News.

The Joint Committee on Taxation pegged the estimated cost of the package at $105 billion.

It's the second congressional package to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak, and lawmakers are already working on a third bill to include more help for small businesses and individuals, including cash payments.

"They're working together very well with the House", President Trump said. It applies to employees who work for companies who have between 50 and 500 employees.

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