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More economic aid on the way

by Harvest Prude
Posted 4/24/20, 12:49 pm

President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law with almost $500 billion more in pandemic relief for small businesses, hospitals, and expanded coronavirus testing. The Senate passed the measure on Tuesday, and the U.S. House of Representatives approved it on Thursday.

How did the House vote go? Lawmakers showed up to vote in masks and gloves. The Capitol is closed to the public, so representatives used the visitors’ gallery to aid in social distancing. First, they approved a new committee with subpoena power to oversee the U.S. pandemic response, including how stimulus money is spent. That vote fell along party lines, with 212 Democrats in favor. Then the House chamber was cleaned, and lawmakers voted 388-5 to pass the spending package. At least $250 billion will replenish a loan program to help small and medium-sized businesses pay employees and other expenses during the pandemic.

Dig deeper: Read Charissa Koh’s report on Christian employees seeking to encourage customers during the pandemic.

Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.


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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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  • NEWS2ME
    Posted: Fri, 04/24/2020 08:11 pm

    Trump should  have hired a crystal ball or tarot card reader so he could see into the future. He should have known this was going to happen. The Reagans consulted an astrologer. ;-)

  • NEWS2ME
    Posted: Sat, 04/25/2020 04:02 pm

    a new committee with subpoena power?

    They don't care about dead Americans, the virus, or people out of work.

    What Pelosi wants is the power to subpoena Trump's finances so they can use something they find to go after Trump. 

    What a WASTE of time and money. The waste isn't that they won't find anything.

    The waste is that they keep using our money to go after our Pres. because they can.

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