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Congress, White House push forward on 2nd stimulus bill as COVID-19 outbreak continues

Federal coronavirus stimulus package: What it means for Americans
Posted at 9:23 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 07:45:15-04

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders are pushing ahead with another coronavirus rescue package as President Donald Trump agrees that Americans will need more help as the economy grinds almost to a halt during the pandemic.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has told House Democrats another $1 trillion is needed. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the next package must put health care at the top of the list.

The rare moment of accord comes during stark projections for what officials warn will be a hard week with a rising number of cases and deaths.

President Trump signed a $2.2 trillion stimulus package into law on March 27, hours after the House of Representatives passed the 880-page measure by voice vote.

The 880-page measure is the largest economic relief bill in U.S. history.

The unprecedented measure covers a lot of territory. It includes stimulus payments for many Americans, student loan changes, expanded unemployment coverage, a $367 billion program for small businesses, and more.