Coronavirus slowdown in US seen from space What was the snag in Congress?
President Donald Trump, a Republican, said on Wednesday he would the fast-tracked bill as soon as it reached his desk. But the plan hit a speed bump as Republican senators Tim Scott, Rick Scott, Ben Sasse and Lindsey Graham said its major expansion of unemployment benefits provided "a strong incentive for mogile to be laid off instead of going to work". Adult chat mobile fire spain said they would oppose the bill unless it was mudgee sex chat to ensure workers could not have a higher income while unemployed than in a job.
Senator Bernie Sanders, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, said he would oppose the bill unless the Republicans dropped their objections. He also arab fun chat tougher conditions on the legislation's "corporate welfare". The adult chat mobile fire spain does have cross-party support but it must still be passed in votes in the Senate and House of Representatives before the president s it into law.
With revisions being made to the bill late into Wednesday, the Republican-majority Senate finally, and unanimously, approved it with a vote. It now moves on to the House which is expected to vote on Friday. Trump says US tested more than S Korea - is he right?
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was "proud" that not a single senator voted against the bill. The chamber's senior Democrat, Senator Chuck Schumer, said: "And so this is a good ending, twists and turns were enormous.
I always had faith we would [pass this bill] because America and the American people demanded it. The agreement reached by Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate includes tax rebates, loans, money for hospitals and rescue packages.
The Democratic speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, said she hoped the bill could be passed by voice vote. That would allow members of Congress - several of whom have coronavirus or are self-isolating - to stay away from the chamber in order to cast their votes.
But if any member objected, lawmakers would be asked to return to Washington and vote over the course of an entire day, in order to limit how many people are present on the House floor at one time.