The U.S. House overwhelmingly accredited a $484 billion coronavirus relief bill Thursday, funding small companies and hospitals and pushing the total spending response to the crisis to an unprecedented near $3 trillion.
The measure passed the Democratic-led House by a vote of 388-5, with one member voting current. House members had been assembly for the first time in weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Policymakers, many wearing masks, approved the bill throughout an extended interval of voting intended to allow them to remain at a distance from each other according to public health recommendations.
The House action sent the newest of four aid bills to the White House. Republican Prez Trump, who backs the measure, stated he would in all probability sign it into legislation Thursday night.
The Republican-led Senate had passed the laws on a voice vote Tuesday. However, threats of opposition by some members of both parties prompted congressional leaders to call the total chamber back to Washington for the House vote regardless of state remain-at-home orders meant to contain the spread of the virus.
The House further approved a select committee, with decree power, to probe the U.S. response to the coronavirus. It’ll have broad powers to probe how federal dollars are being spent, U.S. preparedness, and Trump administration deliberations.