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Those $600 relief checks could soon be on their way to many Americans

by Front Porch Rockwall



Many Americans and businesses could be receiving a financial boost in the coming days, thanks to a last minute Congressional scramble to pass a $900 billion relief bill intended to address economic hardships inflicted by COVID-19 pandemic.

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Congressional leaders released the bill — the result of eight months of negotiations — in the twilight of the current Congressional session. Because of internal squabbles and a last minute computer glitch that delayed the printing and posting of the bill on Monday, members will only have a matter of hours to examine the legislation before they are expected to vote late on Monday.

The House and the Senate passed the bill Monday evening. The COVID-19 aid was paired with a larger spending bill that would fund the government through September.

The delegation was far more split than in previous rounds of COVID-19 legislation. Ten Texas Republicans voted against the bill: U.S. Sen Ted Cruz and U.S. Reps. Brian Babin of Woodville, Michael Burgess of Lewisville, Michael Cloud of Victoria, Mike Conaway of Midland, Louie Gohmert of Tyler, Lance Gooden of Terrell, Chip Roy of Austin, Van Taylor of Plano and Randy Weber of Friendswood. Three Texans were not present for the vote: John Carter of Round Rock, Kenny Marchant of Coppell and Ron Wright of Arlington. All Texas Democrats backed the bill.

Cruz and other Republicans praised provisions of the aid, but objected to the circumstance that it was tied to a massive spending bill with unrelated provisions.

“Had this bill been solely focused on re-opening the economy, getting Americans back to work, and jump starting a recovery, it would have had my enthusiastic support,” Cruz said in a statement.

The most direct impact the legislation will have on the average American is a $600 payment to individuals making less than $75,000. The payout will be reduced for those making between $75,000 and $99,000 and will not apply to individuals who earn more than $99,000 a year. The bill will reinstate supplemental unemployment benefits of $300 per week. This is half of what was allocated for individuals in the previous COVID-19 economic package.

The legislation also allocates another $284 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program, a controversial initiative that allocates forgivable loans to small businesses affected by the pandemic.

The new legislation will also extend eviction protection through the end of January.

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