The huge coronavirus relief package passed after midnight Saturday morning in the House will mean billions for New York — and Sen. Chuck Schumer is pushing for fast action in the Senate.
The bill includes special unemployment benefits for workers in virus-hit hot spots, meals for homebound seniors, and federal cash for state healthcare funds, he said in a Saturday statement.
Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell must “pass this coronavirus legislation as-is and without any special interest, ‘poison pill’ amendments,” Schumer added.
The measure, which passed the House by a bipartisan 363-40 vote, mandates free coronavirus testing for all and an employer-paid two weeks of mandatory sick time for workers.
President Trump, who initially opposed the plan because it lacked a payroll tax break and other economic-stimulus components, cheered it Saturday morning.
“Good teamwork between Republicans & Democrats as the House passes the big CoronaVirus Relief Bill. People really pulled together,” he tweeted. “Nice to see!”
McConnell canceled a recess that had been planned for next week, but he allowed senators to head home for a three-day weekend on Thursday — a move that Schumer called “remarkably irresponsible and out of touch” in a scathing Friday night tweet.
The chamber will be back in session Monday and is expected to take up the House bill then.
“Of course, Senators will need to carefully review the version just passed by the House,” McConnell said in a Saturday statement. “But I believe the vast majority of Senators in both parties will agree we should act swiftly.”
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