While the agreement includes only one-time payments of $1,200 per adult, $2,400 to couples making up to $150,000 and phasing out at higher income levels, and an extra $500 per child, it includes what Schumer on Tuesday called “unemployment insurance on steroids.” Workers who lose their jobs due to the pandemic will get a $600 per week add-on to their states’ regular unemployment insurance, and self-employed and gig workers will be included—a critical addition. The increased unemployment benefits will last for four months.
In addition to $250 billion for direct payments to individuals and $250 billion for the expanded unemployment, the deal includes $367 billion for small business loans, $130 billion for hospitals hit hard by the pandemic, and $150 billion for state and local governments struggling to pay for coronavirus response.
The Senate reconvenes at noon and is expected to vote Wednesday, but the exact time of the vote hasn’t yet been announced.
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