Senate approves House's coronavirus relief bill, sending measure to Trump

U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi speaks to members of the media as Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, Rep. Abigail Spanberger and Rep. Susie Lee listen at the U.S. Capitol

U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi speaks to members of the media as Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, Rep. Abigail Spanberger and Rep. Susie Lee listen at the U.S. Capitol

"The Senate will not leave town until we have processed yet another bill to address this emergency".

The House of Representatives over the weekend passed a measure that would require sick leave for some workers and expand unemployment compensation among other steps, including almost $1 billion in additional money to help feed children, homebound senior citizens and others.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the Senate is "anxious" to pass the latest House-passed bill, an action that could happen later on Tuesday.

Second, we will not leave until we have passed yet another bill and clearly, that will have to go in two steps as I've indicated earlier, first Senate Republicans and the administration are going to try to reach an agreement on what we think is best for what can best be described as Phase 3. Gohmert blocked the procedural move and said he wants to know precisely what changes are being made to the bill. "We are moving rapidly because the situation demands it". Businesses with more than 500 workers are covered, and businesses with fewer than 50 employees can apply for an exemption.

School during Coronavirus COVID-19 | Districts offer meals pick-up for students
Monday morning, about 100 parents came to Creekside Elementary School in Scott County to pick up breakfast for their children. The superintendent says breakfast and lunch will be served at various locations Monday through Friday through March 27.

Mnuchin also said that Americans should still plan to file their taxes by April 15, and that the IRS will allow individuals to defer up to $1 million and corporations up to $10M for 90 days with no penalty.

Wednesday's vote took place under extraordinary circumstances, with roll calls extended to 30 minutes to allow senators to comply with U.S. health precautions.

The vote came after Mnuchin went to the US Capitol to appease concerns by some Senate Republicans about the ramifications that sick and family leave could have on small businesses that are already suffering economically from the crisis. Most Senators are not even back in D.C. yet.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer called for immediate negotiations on the stimulus.

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