Senate passes $2 trillion coronavirus aid bill |

Senate passes $2 trillion coronavirus aid bill

If the Chinese don’t live up to their purchase promises, in the fall the Trump administration “will have to make a tough decision on whether to punish them,” he said. Photo by Getty Images
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The Senate late tonight passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which will provide $2 trillion in various programs to address the pandemic.

The vote was 96 to 0 on H.R.748.

The Senate also voted down an amendment offered by Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., to make changes to the unemployment section of the bill.

The vote on the Sasse amendment was 48 to 48.

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Each measure required 60 votes to pass.

The bill now moves to the House.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said in an announcement late tonight, “Members are advised that the House will convene at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020 to consider the bill.

“Members are further advised that due to the limited flight options, members participating in self-quarantine, and several states mandating stay-at-home orders, we expect the bill to pass by voice vote on Friday.”

President Donald Trump has said he will sign it.

–The Hagstrom Report

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