The $900-billion coronavirus relief package passed in the Senate on Monday night, sending the legislation to President Trump’s desk for his signature. The package only needed 60 votes to pass but surged past that mark without a problem, passing in the Senate with a 91-6 vote.
The six GOP senators who voted against the bill were Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Rick Scott of Florida, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. Most of those who voted against the bill in both the House and Senate criticized the fact they received two hours to review the more than 5,500 pages before voting on it.
The 5,593-page bill has drawn plenty of criticism before even heading to the president’s desk. Most of the criticism around the bill centers on the mere $600 of help to individual Americans, while literally handing out hundreds of billions in money to other countries.
The agreement includes stimulus checks of up to $600 per person for individuals earning $75,000 per year and married couples who earn up to $150,000, with $600 available for each dependent under 18 living in the same household.
Unemployment and federal employment insurance will also be extended under the bill, providing $300 per week. More than $284 billion is also earmarked for small business loans under the Paycheck Protection Program.
Transportation will also receive a boost with airlines and airports expected to receive $15 billion. The cruise industry, however, appears to have been left out of any financial aid.
A $1.4 trillion measure to fund the government through Sept. 30 was also passed alongside the coronavirus stimulus package.
The White House has indicated that President Trump is expected to sign the bill.