Why is this important: The passage of the bill comes before many existing coronavirus relief measures expire on January 1. It also avoids government shutdown.
The big picture: Although the plan is about half the size of the Congressional $ 2.2 trillion CARES bill passed in March, it remains one of the costliest bailouts in modern history.
- Democratic leaders, who have backed down considerably from their previous campaign for another $ 2 trillion bill, say they view the deal as a “down payment” – something that will help Americans until that Joe Biden take office and that they can pass additional stimulus measures.
- But some lawmakers, including progressives, are skeptical that Biden will be able to do it as easily as Democrats predict – especially as many Republicans have resumed their posture of deficit hawks now that Trump is on the verge of out and vaccines are distributed across the country. country.
For memory: The House passed Measure 359-53, while the Senate vote was 92-6.
- The six Republican senators who voted against the bill: Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Rick Scott of Florida, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas.
Go further: In the $ 900 billion stimulus compromise
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with more details, including the Senate vote and more context.