The Senate voted to approve a 2nd coronavirus aid bill Wednesday, paving the way for lawmakers to turn their attention to a 3rd proposal that could include direct payments to Americans.
The legislation, dubbed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, passed in a 90-8 vote in the Senate, and President Trump signed it into law Wednesday evening.
The bill provides free coronavirus testing and ensures paid emergency leave for those who are infected or caring for a family member with the illness. The bill also provides additional Medicaid funding, food assistance and unemployment benefits.
More aid coming, next is Phase 3
Senate Republicans have turned their attention to what they are calling the third phase of the coronavirus response: a $1-T spending proposal from the White House that would include $500-B in direct payments to Americans.
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is expected to build consensus among Republicans on the economic stimulus before negotiating with Democrats, meaning that it is unlikely a bill will be introduced by the end of the week.
Senator McConnell said Wednesday that Senators would not leave Washington “until we deliver“
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