$2 trillion rescue package passes US Senate, heads to House

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WASHINGTON, March 26, 2020 (BSS/AFP) – The US Senate passed the nation’s
largest-ever rescue package late Wednesday, a $2 trillion lifeline to
suffering Americans, depleted hospitals and an economy all ravaged by a
rapidly spreading coronavirus crisis.

The monster deal thrashed out between Republicans, Democrats and the White
House includes cash payments to American taxpayers and several hundred
billion dollars in grants and loans to small businesses and core industries.
It also buttresses hospitals desperately in need of medical equipment and
expands unemployment benefits.

The measure cleared the Senate by an overwhelming majority and was headed
next to the House of Representatives, which must also pass it before it goes
to President Donald Trump for his signature.

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