United States Congress Agrees to $900 Billion COVID-19 Relief Package

The United States Congress has secured a deal on a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package to boost the healthcare system, including vaccine distribution, and to deliver aid for small businesses and unemployed individuals.

The United States Congress has secured a deal on a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package to boost the healthcare system, including vaccine distribution, and to deliver aid for small businesses and unemployed individuals.

“At long last, we have the bipartisan breakthrough the country has needed,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in the Senate, announcing that the four leaders of the Senate and the House have “finalized an agreement.”

“It is packed with targeted policies that help struggling Americans who have already waited entirely too long,” McConnell also said, as the deal came after days of negotiations.

“The American people have a great deal to celebrate in this legislation. But of course, the agreement we reached is far from perfect,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in the Senate.

Schumer also said in a joint statement with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that the relief package will deliver “urgently needed funds to save the lives and livelihoods of the American people as the virus accelerates.”

Schumer also said that the relief package includes $30 billion into “procurement and distribution” of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Congress has not yet released the legislative text of the deal, but according to a statement, the relief package includes direct payments of $600 to each adult and child, $284 billion into Paycheck Protection Program small business loans, and a weekly $300 federal unemployment supplement.

The relief package also includes $82 billion for educational institutions, $10 billion for child care assistance, and $25 billion for rental assistance.

The House plans to vote on the relief and funding bill on Dec. 21, together with a $1.4 trillion spending bill to fund federal agencies and programs for a new fiscal year, according to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.


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