Senate approves $2 trillion stimulus package in face of COVID-19 pandemic

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The Senate passed the bill 96-0 late Wednesday.

At the end of the day, the IRS will get the money out the door, said Charles O. Rossotti, who headed the agency between 1997 and 2002.

The House will begin debating the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act at 9 a.m. Friday.

Mnuchin said the flat $600 per week "was the only we could ensure the stated could get money quickly and in a fair way", since it would take too long to tailor benefits to a person's most recent salary.

Republican President Donald Trump, who has promised to sign the Bill as soon as it passes the House, expressed his delight on Twitter.

At a briefing this morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the bill could not be passed by unanimous consent because some Republicans would object to it.

How much will I get?

If you're a married couple with three children and your joint adjusted income is $150,000, you should see $3,900. The unprecedented rescue plan includes expanded unemployment benefits; a $367 billion program for small businesses to help pay workers forced to stay home due to the COVID-19 pandemic; $500 billion for subsidized loans to larger industries such as hospitals and airlines; and direct payments to most Americans.

Senate aides released the final text less than 30 minutes before the vote was scheduled.

The 880-page bill's specifics were hammered out on Tuesday in a marathon negotiating session between Senate Democratic leaders and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

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The United States surpassed China and Italy on Thursday as the country with the most coronavirus cases, according to a Reuters tally. According to a running count by Johns Hopkins University, the number of people infected in the USA topped 82,000 on Thursday.

The crisis has dealt a crushing blow to the economy, with thousands of businesses closing or cutting back. She said she'll mostly be working from DC and that House committee chairs will be involved in the process.

Now Congress and the Trump administration are piling on more work as they scramble to contain the fallout from the coronavirus, which threatens to plunge the world's largest economy into recession.

No time for a vote on the bill has been announced.

The massive coronavirus relief bill follows two others that became law this month.

Underscoring the effort's sheer magnitude, the bill finances a response with a price tag that equals half the size of the entire $4 trillion-plus annual federal budget.

Several members told CNN there was ample confusion since Hoyer previously indicated to members that any roll call vote would occur Saturday instead.

The Capitol has laid out special procedures because of the coronavirus - including barring members from sitting beside one another - to minimize the threat of infection, both to members and staff.

"I'm having a real hard time with this", Massie, an outspoken fiscal conservative, said on 55KRC talk radio in Cincinnati. There are five vacant House seats.

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