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Congress Sends Nearly $500 Billion Aid Package To Trump’s Desk




U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi arrives at the U.S. Capitol on April 23, 2020 in Washington, DC.
U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi arrives at the U.S. Capitol on April 23, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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Congress delivered a nearly $500 billion infusion of coronavirus spending Thursday, rushing new relief to employers and hospitals buckling under the strain of a pandemic that has claimed almost 50,000 American lives and one in six U.S. jobs.

The measure passed almost unanimously, but the lopsided tally belies a potentially bumpier path ahead as battle lines are being formed for much more ambitious future legislation that may prove far more difficult to maneuver through Congress.

President Donald Trump is scheduled to sign the bill during a White House ceremony Friday.

We break down what’s in this relief package. 

With files from the Associated Press.

Guest:

Erik Wasson, Congressional reporter for Bloomberg News; he tweets @elwasson