McConnell expects coronavirus relief package to be finalized ‘in a matter of hours’
McConnell added that Congress ‘will not deserve any special praise’ for the last-minute agreement.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday evening said lawmakers have reached a long-awaited coronavirus relief bill, though it will be hours before the full details are made public, Fox News has learned.
Lawmakers, meanwhile, passed a one-day stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown at midnight Sunday.
After days of negotiations, McConnell said he was "relieved" that a deal was in the offing.
The House and Senate were expected to vote on the legislation on Monday. Before hitting the full House for a vote, the relief bill first must go through the House Rules Committee, though it remains unclear when that will be.
- House Democrats had passed a massive $3 trillion HEROES Act that Senate Republicans rejected in favor of a more targeted approach
- The plan was to load the $900 billion coronavirus bill onto a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending plan to fund the government through the end of next September
According to congressional leaders, the agreement would establish temporary $300 per week supplemental jobless benefits and $600 direct stimulus payments to most Americans, along with a new round of subsidies for hard-hit businesses and money for schools, health care providers, and renters facing eviction.
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