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Individuals will get a $600 stimulus check

What is in 2nd Coronavirus relief bill

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Individual payments, unemployment benefits, and COVID vaccine distribution

Capitol Hill negotiators sealed a deal Sunday on an almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package, finally delivering long-overdue help to businesses and individuals and providing money to deliver vaccines to a nation eager for them.

The legislative text of the deal has not yet been released, but here are key provisions that will be included as part of the agreement, according to a release Sunday evening from House and Senate Democratic leaders:

* Direct payment checks of up to $600 per adult and child

* Aid for struggling small businesses, including more than $284 billion for forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans and $15 billion "in dedicated funding for live venues, independent movie theaters, and cultural institutions"

* $300 per week for enhanced unemployment insurance benefits

* $25 billion for rental assistance and an eviction moratorium extension

* $82 billion for education providers like schools and colleges, including aid to help reopen classrooms safely

* $10 billion to help with child care assistance

* $13 billion in increased Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and child nutrition benefits

* $7 billion to bolster broadband access to help Americans connect remotely during the pandemic

* Funding totaling in the billions of dollars to support coronavirus vaccine distribution, testing and contact tracing efforts and health care workers

* A tax credit "to support employers offering paid sick leave"

The House was expected to vote on the legislation on Monday, said a spokeswoman for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. The House would pass a one-day stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown at midnight Sunday. The Senate was likely to vote on Monday, too. Lawmakers were eager to leave Washington and close out a tumultuous year.

Story Posted:12/20/2020

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