US Congress agrees on new corona aid package

The Capitol in Washington

Democrats and Republicans have settled their month-long dispute over a new Corona aid package.

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Washington After months of fighting, Democrats and Republicans in the US Congress have agreed on a further stimulus package to cushion the effects of the corona pandemic. That said the Republican majority leader in the US Senate, Mitch McConnell, and the Democratic minority leader, Chuck Schumer, on Sunday evening (local time) in the Chamber of Congress.

The package is said to be worth more than $ 900 billion (€ 700 billion). The plan is for the unemployed to receive an additional $ 300 per week and most Americans to receive a one-off $ 600. Aid for crisis-ridden companies is also planned, as well as money for schools, the healthcare system and tenants who are threatened with eviction.

Democrats and Republicans had been wrestling for another aid package for months. Since March the US Congress has already launched stimulus packages with a volume of around three trillion dollars, which corresponds to more than ten percent of the economic output of the USA.

More: Vote on Corona aid package before Christmas – who will benefit from the $ 900 billion.

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