A bipartisan deal appeared imminent Sunday on a ballooning stimulus package aimed at pumping life into a national economy staggered by coronavirus-driven shutdowns and quarantines. The deal, now estimated at $1.4 trillion, includes $1,200 checks for most U.S. adults and hundreds of billions to assist businesses ground almost to a halt by the pandemic.
“We are poised to deliver the significant relief that Americans need with the speed that this crisis demands,” McConnell said.
The U.S. squeezed past Spain and now trails only Italy an China in reported infections. The U.S. has confirmed more than 26,000 cases and 340 deaths. Confirmed cases, however, are a function of testing. Worldwide cases of coronavirus surpassed 300,000 with more than 13,000 deaths as of Sunday, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard.
The gloomy news was not enough to silence Chicagoans, however, who shared in a citywide “Livin’ on a Prayer” singalong Saturday night. Jennifer Gorny Carlson and her 6-year-old daughter danced on their lawn. “We just came out of the house for the first time in two weeks to dance with friends – from a safe distance – so it truly was joyful,” Carlson said.
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Stimulus: $1,200 checks for people, help for businesses, too
President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said a deal was “very near.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer expressed confidence a deal could be struck. Your $1,200 check could be in the mail very soon. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, sounded a positive note on Twitter: “Ever think you’d hear the phrase ‘Congress to the rescue’? Senate Republicans now bending on funds to states. Negotiating on terms, size of funding. Good news.”