US Congress approves $1.9 trillion Covid relief deal

Thursday, March 11

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package aimed at giving a financial boost to American households and businesses.

The measure includes $1,400 checks for all but the highest-earning adults in the country, and $3,000 or $3,600 to children, depending on their age.

Unemployed workers will continue to get $300-a-week national government payments into early September on top of state assistance. State and city governments will get $350 billion to help them recover from the pandemic. 

 The package also includes tens of billions of dollars to fund coronavirus testing and contact tracing, as well as vaccine distribution, along with new aid for businesses that have been hard hit by directives that curtailed their operations over the last year.  

Republican lawmakers have objected to the package, saying it is too large and does not sufficiently target those who are most in need of economic assistance.  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday called the bill “costly, corrupt, and liberal.”