After many months of bitter stalemate, Congress has finally enacted a deal on a combined $900 billion coronavirus relief measure and a $1.4 trillion must-pass spending bill that will fund federal agencies and programs through September 30, the end of the fiscal year. The spending package ultimately passed both chambers with overwhelming bipartisan majorities: 359-53 in the House and 91-7 in the Senate. The President is expected to sign the bill into law.
After days of tense partisan negotiations, Congressional leaders made headway in the deal that essentially eliminated liability protections for business and financial aid for state and local governments. However, the measure does include stimulus checks for individuals, albeit at half the amount than the previous payment offered through the CARE’s Act - $600 per adult and $600 per child.