Led by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the United States House of Representatives has passed a COVID-19 relief package reportedly worth $3 trillion. The bill passed by a vote of 208-199 that mostly ran on party lines.
“Crazy day, crazy day. But it passed because it needed to pass,” Rep. Rosa DeLauro said.
“Now the Senate needs to act,” she added.
Similar to the first COVID-19 relief package, the program would help out businesses and provide relief for those impacted economically by the pandemic. In addition, the bill would provide $1200 for dependents as well as adult taxpayers. As a result, college students would receive financial relief through this package.
Too much is at stake. Lives are on the line. We need a monumental bill that provides the relief our nation desperately needs.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 15, 2020
This is the fourth time the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill like this since early March. However, Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate has stifled legislation from going further. Many GOP leaders have cautioned against passing another relief package until they see how funds from the first relief package are spent.
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to return on May 27, 2020 to discuss the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.