House gives final passage to $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill

Marco Green
March 28, 2020

Despite Massie's call for a recorded vote, the House had gathered enough members to overrule him and pass the legislation Friday, even as many members, including two from MA, are self-quarantining after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

The US House has approved the mammoth $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill passed earlier this week by the Senate, sending the long-awaited relief package to President Donald Trump's desk for signing. "Workers & small businesses need money now in order to survive". But under House rules, any member of the House can call for a recorded vote, requiring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to ensure that a quorum of 216 members are present.

"Heading to Washington to vote on pandemic legislation".

"Is it too much to ask that the House do its job, just like the Senate did?" he tweeted.

"Congressional leaders blocked Massie's effort, saying an insufficient number of members supported his request".

The bill's passage came after an emotional three-hour debate on the House floor in which members of both parties largely voiced support for the measure despite some misgivings.

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The US Capitol Building as seen ahead of a vote on the coronavirus (Covid-19) relief bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, March 25, 2020. She could be heard shouting, "Our society needs you to stand together at this time, our country loves you. To our doctors and our nurses, I am wearing these latex gloves to tell every American to not be afraid!"

The US has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country, with more than 86,000 positive tests. Public health officials have also said anyone traveling from NY should quarantine for 14 days, an issue for many members of Congress.

The legislation will provide billions of dollars in credit for struggling industries, a significant boost to unemployment insurance and direct cash payments to Americans. OH members of Congress said it would bolster the unemployment insurance system so states can match the missing salary of low-income workers, and give others enough to pay bills during the downturn. She said the bill isn't flawless, and further assistance is needed including debt relief for student borrowers, protection for renters and mortgage borrowers, expansion of nutrition assistance programs and help for workers who lose their private insurance.

The largest economic relief package in modern history calls for the government to send $1,200 checks to individuals who make less than $75,000 and $2,400 for couples making less than $150,000.

The bill will pump $100 billion into hospitals and health facilities in critical need of medical gear like personal protective equipment and ventilators, create a $500 billion loan reserve for large corporations including airlines, and provide $377 billion in grants to suffering small businesses.

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