Congressional leaders reach agreement on pandemic relief: $ 600 direct payments, unemployment extension | New

WASHINGTON – Congressional leaders agreed this weekend on a nearly $ 900 billion pandemic relief plan to extend federal unemployment benefits and forgivable loans for small businesses, and to pay out direct cash payments to many Americans.

The deal, announced by Senate leaders, would establish temporary additional unemployment benefits of $ 300 per week and direct stimulus payments of $ 600 to most Americans, as well as a new round of hard-hit business subsidies. affected and money for schools, health care providers and tenants facing eviction.

The House was due to vote on the legislation on Monday, a spokeswoman for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md said.

The House would pass a one-day interim spending bill to avoid a government shutdown at midnight on Sunday.

The Senate was also due to vote on Monday. Lawmakers were eager to leave Washington and end a tumultuous year.

“We can finally report what our nation has needed to hear for a very long time. More help is on the way, ”Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Said in the Senate.

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According to senators, the program would allow an additional 11 weeks of compensation for unemployed Americans, and would also add $ 300 per week to what they receive under their state unemployment program.

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