House Passes $484 Billion Coronavirus Relief Package

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The House on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to pass the $484 billion coronavirus relief bill that includes additional money for the small businesses loan program, as well as aid to hospitals and to expand testing, sending the fourth bipartisan coronavirus bill to President Trump desk for his signature.

The vote was 388-5, with one member, Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI) voted present. Four Republicans who voted no were Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Ken Buck of Colorado, Jody Hice of Georgia and Thomas Massie of Kentucky. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York was the only Democrat to vote against the bill. 

Ocasio-Cortez, who represents a district that has been among the hardest hit by the coronavirus, argued that the series of relief packages passed by Congress have not going far enough to help people in need and the current measure doesn’t have a safeguards to ensure mom-and-pop businesses receive such funding before big companies like Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Shake Shack.