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The U.S has passed a COVID-19 relief bill here’s what you need to know

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Sunday marked a big day in Washington even though many expected more. On Sunday shortly after 5pm, members of the U.S Senate and House finally reportedly came to an agreement that would allow a COVID-19 relief bill to pass. The $908B bill includes $600 direct payments to Americans; extended unemployment insurance, and payments to schools and the like who need financial assistance as brought on by the pandemic.

It marks an end to a bizarre standoff as the millionaires in Washington throw a bone to struggling Americans who are coming to terms with the fact Washington does not represent them.

“At long last, we have the bipartisan breakthrough the country has needed,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor Sunday evening.

“As our citizens continue battling the coronavirus this holiday season, they will not be fighting alone,” he added.

In one of the compromises of the bill, Republicans agreed to drop their demand that businesses receive liability promises from being sued over COVID violations while employees would have been at work. On the Democrat side, however, Democrats caved and took out the part of the bill that would have provided funds to state and local governments are bleeding cash.

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