Top congressional leaders announce agreement on COVID-19 relief package, government funding bill

WASHINGTON  — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced via Twitter that Congress has reached an agreement on a COVID-19 relief package.

Congress struck a deal on Sunday for a nearly $1 trillion package that includes a new round of direct payments and help for the unemployed, families and struggling businesses.

“More help is on the way,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. said Sunday evening. “Moments ago, in consultation with our committees, the four leaders of the Senate and the House finalized an agreement.”

The agreement would establish a temporary $300 per week supplement to unemployment, $600 direct stimulus payments to most Americans, subsidies for businesses, and funding for schools, health care providers, and renters facing eviction January 1.

This final agreement was reached after a breakthrough over Federal Reserve emergency powers. A vote is expected later Sunday or Monday.

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