Republican and Democratic Leadership in the Senate have agreed on a tentative $900 billion stimulus package on Sunday, lining up relief for the millions of Americans blighted by economic uncertainty as the coronavirus pandemic continues into the new year.
“Moments ago, in consultation with our committees, the four leaders of the Senate and the House finalized an agreement,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed on the Senate floor in the afternoon. “There will be another major rescue package for the American people.”
The primary points of contention during stimulus negotiations were direct relief checks to individuals and payments to state and local governments. Senators Josh Hawley and Bernie Sanders formed a bipartisan populist coalition in pushing for the inclusion of a second round of stimulus checks, with leadership settling on $600 checks after Senator Ron Johnson blocked a proposal for another round of $1200 TrumpBux checks, citing concerns about the national debt.
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