After months of stalled negotiations for the next round of relief for Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic, Democratic and Republican congressional leaders have decided on a COVID relief package.
While the text is still being finalized, the package, worth around $900 billion would include another round of stimulus checks, unemployment aid, and help for small businesses, the New York Times reports.
“For the information of all senators and more importantly for the American people, 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 announced on the Senate floor on Sunday.
“There will be another major rescue package for the American people," McConnell said. “It is packed with targeted policies to help struggling Americans who have already waited too long.”
The bill will include another round of payments to Americans much like the $1,200 stimulus checks that were distributed with the first relief bill. These new checks will be worth $600 each.
“The great news is that Congress is not going to be the Grinch,” Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, as it became clear the parties were hurtling towards a deal, Independent reports.
“We’re going to get this package done,” Warner continued.
The package supplements recently laid off workers' state unemployment checks as well as unlocks hundreds of billions of dollars in funding for small- and medium- sized businesses.
Billions of dollars will go towards the federal government's nationwide vaccine distribution plan that launched earlier this week.
The House is expected to vote on Sunday, said a spokeswoman for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md, per AP. The Senate's vote will follow either late Sunday evening or early Monday as lawmakers are eager to close out a tumultuous year.