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Coronavirus: White House and Senate strike deal on historic $2 trillion stimulus bill

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The White House and Senate leaders reached a deal early Wednesday on a massive $2 trillion stimulus bill to combat the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will vote and pass the legislation later Wednesday. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called it "the largest rescue package in American history."

The White House and Senate leaders reached a deal early Wednesday on a massive $2 trillion relief bill — said to be the largest rescue package in American history — to combat the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

As of Wednesday morning, though, the Senate was still drafting the final details of the text. A senior Democratic aide told CNBC that due to procedural reasons, including how long it is taking the Senate to send over a draft of the bill, it is unlikely the House will vote on it Wednesday. The House needs to pass the bill before it can reach President Donald Trump’s desk.

Efforts to pass the measure have taken on urgency as hospitals, companies, states and individuals have all pleaded for needed resources to battle the pandemic. Its impact has now reached into the Senate: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., earlier this week announced he has tested positive for coronavirus.

“The Senate is going to stand together, act together and pass this historic relief package today,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday afternoon.

In announcing the deal early Wednesday morning, the Kentucky Republican called the proposal is effectively “a war-time level of investment in our nation.” He promised the bill would rush financial assistance to Americans through direct checks to households, enhanced unemployment insurance, hundreds of billions of dollars in emergency loans to small businesses, and more resources for hospitals and medical equipment.

The Senate has yet to release the final terms of the deal. An earlier draft seen Tuesday would provide cash payments of up to $1,200 for individuals, $2,400 for married couples and $500 per child, reduced if an individual makes more than $75,000 or a couple makes more than $150,000.

The draft language also stipulated a $350 billion fund for small businesses to mitigate layoffs and support payroll.

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