Congress passed a $2.3 trillion package, which included $1.4 trillion to fund the government and $900 billion in coronavirus relief. The bill now goes to President Trump’s desk, where he has until December 28th to sign it.
The relief package includes:
- $600 per person stimulus checks – for individuals earning $75,000 and less per year and $600 for their children.
- Additional $300 per week through unemployment insurance and a federal unemployment insurance
- $284 billion in loans for businesses
- $69 billion in testing and vaccine distribution funds
- $82 billion in funding for colleges and schools.
- $25 billion in rental assistance and a one-month extension of the eviction moratorium
- $20 billion for hospitals and healthcare providers
- $13 billion in food assistance
- Increases SNAP benefits by 15% for 6 months
- Ensures college students have access to SNAP
- Additional funding for food banks and senior nutrition programs
- Emergency funds for school and day care feeding programs
- $10 billion for Postal Service
The bill did not include the controversial corporate immunity provision. The package also lift out immigrants from receiving aid and state and local government funding.
Congress is set to go on recess until the new year but is already turning its attention to a potential sixth package.