By Ken Bredemeier | VOA |
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate will vote again Monday on a massive $1.8 trillion economic aid package that would send money to most Americans and many businesses severely impacted by the deadly coronavirus.
The measure failed to advance Sunday, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said unless an agreement is reached with Democrats who opposed some of the bill’s contents, lawmakers will hold another vote Monday morning.
The aid package is aimed at boosting the U.S. economy by sending direct payments to more than 90% of Americans and a vast array of U.S. businesses to help them weather the immediate and burgeoning economic effects of the coronavirus.
Democrats say the measure gives too many benefits to corporations, and instead they want more federal money for community health centers, nursing homes, masks, ventilators, personal protective equipment and aid to state and local governments to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.