By Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) – The House easily passed a $ 900 billion pandemic relief package on Monday night to finally vacate businesses and individuals to vaccinate a nation facing a frightening rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths. And will distribute long-sought cash for resources.
The lawmakers struck a deal on a bill spending $ 1.4 trillion catchall and a second bundle of thousands of pages in a big bundle of Bipartisan legislation to cap off books on the year as Capitol Hill.
The bipartisan whip of 359–53 votes was partisan and politicized for a few months as lawmakers came to terms with the question of relief, a law that broke after the presidential election, which Biden had with top Republicans from his party The urge to compromise is smaller than many Democrats would have liked.
The relief package, unveiled Monday afternoon, was carried through the House in a few hours. The Senate vote that sent the bill to President Donald Trump is likely to follow soon.
The bill combines coronovirus-fighting funds with financial relief for individuals and businesses. It would establish a temporary $ 300 supplemental unemployed benefit per week and a $ 600 direct incentive payment to most Americans, as well as a new round of subsidies for hit-hit businesses, restaurants, and theaters, and funding for schools, health care providers And rent for eviction.
The 5,593-page law – the longest bill ever – came together on Sunday after months of battling, posturing and postponing a revision of a number of Democratic demands as the end of the congressional session . President-Elect Joe Biden was eager for a deal to give long-awaited help to the oppressed and boost the economy, even though it was half the size of the Democrats in the fall.
“This deal is everything I want – not a long shot,” said rules committee chairman Jim McGovern, D-Mass. “The choice before us is simple. It is about whether we help families. It is about whether we help small businesses and restaurants. It is about whether we (food stamps) promote profit and strengthen anti-hunger programs. And whether or not we help people who quit jobs. For me, this is not a hard call. “
Meanwhile, the Senate was also on track to pass a weeklong stopgap bill at midnight to partially curb government shutdowns and give Trump time to sign a comprehensive law.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a key negotiator, said on CNBC on Monday morning that direct payments would begin reaching bank accounts each week.
Democrats promised more aid once Biden took office, but Republicans were indicating a wait-and-see attitude.
The measure would finance the government through September, covering a year’s action on annual spending bills in a single package that never saw a Senate committee or floor debate.
Vidhan followed a torture path. Democrats played hardball until election day, amid accusations that they wanted to deprive Trump of a victory that could help him win. Democrats denied this, but after Trump’s loss their demand actually became more realistic and, as Biden explained, the half-loaf was better than none.
The final bill was enough for a $ 1 trillion package put together by Senate Republican leaders in July by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California.
Prominent leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Adopted a victory after blocking more ambitious legislation from reaching the saint floor. He said that Biden’s pragmatic approach was important.
“A few days ago, with a new presidential election of his own party, everything changed. McRonnell said Democrats were suddenly in a position that we should find consensus, make laws, where we agreed, and get immediate help.
On direct payment, the bill provides $ 600 to individuals up to $ 75,000 per year and $ 1,200 to a couple up to $ 1,50,000, with phased payments for higher incomes. An additional $ 600 will be paid per dependent child, similar to the final round of relief payments in the spring.
The $ 300 per week bonus unemployed benefit in March was half of the supplemental federal unemployment benefit provided under the CARS Act of $ 1.8 billion. This is a more generous benefit and will be limited to 11 weeks instead of 16 weeks. The direct $ 600 incentive payment was also half of the March payment.
The CARES Act was credited with preventing the economy from collapsing during widespread lockdowns in the spring, but Republicans who control the Senate cited debt concerns in pushing against Democratic demands.
“Anyone who thinks this bill is enough has not heard the frustration in the voices of its constituents, has not looked into the eyes of a small-business owner on the verge of ruin,” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, a lifelong New Yorker who Worked hard for money to help their city’s transit systems, renters, theaters and restaurants.
Progress came after a bipartisan group of activists and moderates drew up a $ 908 billion plan that created a middle-ground position that the top four leaders of Congress – both the House and Senate – GOP and Democratic leaders of their talks Used as the basis for Lawmakers urged leaders of both sides to return from rigid positions.
“At the time, we felt like we were in the jungle because people on all sides of the aisle wanted nothing to do to win the other side,” Freshman Rep. Alessa Slotkin, D-Mix. “It was gross to see, clearly.”
Republicans were most willing to revive the Paycheck Protection Program with $ 284 billion, which would cover the second round of PPP grants specifically for hard-hit businesses. Democrats won set-aside for low-income and minority communities.
The comprehensive bill includes $ 25 billion in rental assistance, $ 15 billion for theaters and other living spaces, $ 82 billion for local schools, colleges and universities, and $ 10 billion for child care.
The government’s appropriation bill was likely to provide Trump’s final $ 1.4 billion installment for the US-Mexico border wall as a condition of his signature winning. The Pentagon will receive $ 696 billion. Democrats and Senate Republicans prevailed in a bid to use bookkeeping to squeeze more than $ 12.5 billion for domestic programs into law.
The bill was an engine to complete the unfinished business of Capitol Hill, including a nearly 400-page water resources bill that targets $ 10 billion for 46 Army Corps of Engineers flood control, environmental and coastal conservation projects. Another addition would expand a batch of soon-to-be-ended tax breaks, such as one for craft brewers, wineries and distillers.
It will also take on several clean-energy provisions demanded by Democrats with fossil fuel incentives favored by Republicans, $ 7 billion to expand access to broadband, $ 4 billion to help other nations vaccinate their people, For a $ 14 billion cash-star transit system, $ 1 billion. Amtrak and $ 2 billion for airports and concessions. The food stamp benefit will be temporarily increased by 15%.
The Senate Historical Office said the previous record for the length of the law was of the 1986 2,847-page tax reform bill – about half the size of Monday’s Behemoth.
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