Some Details of the $2 Trillion U.S. Senate Coronavirus Rescue Bill

By and | March 25, 2020

U.S. senators will vote on Wednesday on a $2 trillion bipartisan package of legislation to alleviate the devastating economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, hoping it will become law quickly so they can get out of Washington.

Here are major elements of the plan, which would be the largest such stimulus ever approved by Congress:

– About $500 billion in direct payments to people, in two waves of checks of up to $1,200 each. Additional payments for families with children could push the total to $3,000 for a family of four, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who has played a key role in the negotiations. Payments would be reduced for high-income earners. Businesses owned by Trump, other administration officials or Congress members would not be eligible for assistance.

– Up to $500 billion in “liquidity assistance” for distressed industries, including hard-hit airlines. The fund would be overseen by an inspector general and a congressional oversight board. The treasury secretary would have to disclose transactions, and companies that participate in it would face restrictions on stock buybacks and executive pay.

– $250 billion to expand unemployment insurance. Payments would increase by up to $600 per week per worker, and laid-off workers would get those payments for up to four months, according to Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. Self-employed workers would also qualify for benefits.

– $350 billion in loans to small businesses, according to Republican Senator Marco Rubio, chairman of the Senate Small Business Committee.

– $100 billion for hospitals and other elements of the healthcare system, according to Schumer.

– $150 billion for state, local and Native American tribal governments, according to Schumer.

– $30 billion for education, according to Schumer.

– $25 billion for mass transit systems, according to Schumer.

– $30 billion in disaster aid for local governments and nonprofits, according to Schumer.

The measure also needs House approval before going to President Trump.

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell and Andy Sullivan; Editing by Scott Malone)

Was this article valuable?

Here are more articles you may enjoy.

Latest Comments

  • March 26, 2020 at 2:58 pm
    Craig Winston Cornell says:
    Will you take lower taxes on corporations and rich people? That's Sweden and Denmark. How about higher taxes on low income and middle income people than in the U.S.A.? That is... read more
  • March 26, 2020 at 2:41 pm
    Farming? says:
    I mean if you are doing that, it would be better to just get rid of all tax cuts. That would make up for most of the money you are referencing.
  • March 26, 2020 at 2:21 pm
    ??? says:
    Then I'll take some Sweden and Denmark capitalism.. You know, that capitalism that provides healthcare, education, parental leave, child allowances, and child care. Sounds goo... read more
More News
More News Features