Congress is expected to vote Monday on the massive Kovid-19 relief package and the Government Money Bill, a second attempt to provide direct aid to Americans struggling during the epidemic.
Congressman leaders signed a nearly $ 900 billion deal late Sunday night in Kovid-19 relief, including a new round of direct payments and unemployment benefits for Americans, families and businesses struggling in the epidemic.
The agreement includes incentive checks of up to $ 600 for individuals earning $ 75,000 per year and married couples who have made up to $ 150,000, an additional $ 600 for each dependent under 18 living in the same household.
It also expands unemployment insurance and federal unemployment insurance — $ 300 per week — and more than $ 284 billion in rent and for businesses struggling to pay workers, $ 69 billion in test and vaccine delivery funds, and colleges. And $ 82 billion for schools.
Lawmakers have been at loggerheads for months for a relief package as the Kovid-19 case and deaths continued to escalate amid the holiday season and many American and small business owners are under severe economic stress. For example, a recent study by The Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University found that if direct unemployment aid was not increased, the poverty rate would rise to 5 million people in January.
The two parties struck a deal that included many of their top priorities. For Democrats, including an extension of the expulsion moratorium and targeted funding for underrepresented groups such as natives and minority communities. House Republicans meanwhile pointed out the limited limits for unspecified immigrants and the benefits of food stamp payments as a victory.
The law does not include hundreds of billions of dollars for Medicare from states and localities, or relief for teachers and first responders who have come into financial crisis during the epidemic. Republicans pushed for liability protection from lawsuits related to Kovid-19 for businesses, universities and health care centers, but this was also abandoned.
President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill later this week. However, because the 5,600-page bill is the largest, and government money comes out at midnight, lawmakers are working on a seven-day continuing resolution to avoid a bandh.