Stars and Stripes stripes.com 21 Dec, 2020 09:15 am

Congressional leaders agree on nearly $900 billion coronavirus relief package

Congressional leaders agree on nearly $900 billion coronavirus relief package
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced late Sunday night that lawmakers have finalized an approximately $900 billion economic relief package. "More help is on the way," he said.

Congress would also extend federal unemployment benefits of up to $300 per week, which could start as early as Dec.An unemployment benefits program for contract and gig workers, which is also set to expire at the end of the year, would be extended over the same period for those workers., among other centrist lawmakers, would have provided 16 weeks in unemployment benefits instead of the 11 weeks under the current agreement.It was unclear why congressional leaders slashed the duration of unemployment benefits in their latest agreement.

"Moments ago, in consultation with our committees, the four leaders of the Senate and House finalized an agreement." The House and the Senate on Sunday night approved a one-day extension of government funding to allow the final bill text on the relief package to be written.

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