Congress Passes $900 Billion Stimulus Package

Congress agreed upon a $900 billion stimulus package Monday night after months of partisanship and grandstanding. The bill will now head to President Trump’s desk for his signature. The bill provides for $600 relief payments for individuals with a gross income under $75,000 on their 2019 income tax statement, and $1200 for couples making less than $150,000. For incomes higher than those, the amount received will decrease as the income goes up. Households that qualify for the stimulus will also receive $600 per child.

The bill passed both the House and Senate late Monday evening. Although there was some bipartisan pushback, it was not enough to derail the vote. Most of the ire around the bill centered on two things: how short of time the members were given to read the bill before voting, and all the additional spending that was hidden in the bill.

According to Libertarian Representative Justin Amash from Michigan, members were given the 5,593-page finalized version of the bill at about 1:30 pm on Monday and required to vote on it around 7:30 pm. Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York also criticized the bill, taking to social media and calling it a “hostile takeover.” She did, however, vote in favor. Two Democrats to vote no were Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and Rep. Rashida Talib of Michigan. Both women were critical of the size of the stimulus bill, saying that it did little to help American’s in need.