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Trump signs $2 trillion stimulus package to combat COVID-19
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Trump signs $2 trillion stimulus package to combat COVID-19

US President Donald Trump on Friday signed a historic $2 trillion stimulus package that was approved by the House of Representatives earlier in the day.

The House approved the bill after overcoming last-minute drama by using an unusual procedural move to thwart a demand by a conservative Republican to force members to vote in person.

In order to combat the detrimental effects of the coronavirus, the House has been pressured to pass this legislation as quickly as possible. To accomplish this goal, House leaders called for the vote to be taken by voice. However, Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky, requested a full roll-call vote. In his announcement, Massie stated, “I came here to make sure our Republic doesn’t deny by unanimous consent in an empty chamber and I request a recorded vote.” Uncertain whether a full roll-call vote would take place, many representatives made arrangements to travel back to Washington, DC. The vote ultimately took place by voice.

The stimulus package will provide financial assistance to Americans by providing them with checks based on their income. Individuals who earn $75,000 or less would receive payments of $1,200, while married couples who earn less than $150,000 would receive $2,400 and an additional $500 per child. The package would also provide economic assistance to hospitals that have been severely impacted in combating the coronavirus. Finally, the package would provide funds for distressed industries whose economic status would be determined by an independent Inspector General and a congressional oversight panel.

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