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House passes $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill, setting up showdown with Senate

The bill has been derided as a 'parade of absurdities.'

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
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Updated: May 15, 2020 - 10:22pm

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House Democrats on Friday night passed a gargantuan $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill, the latest effort to shore up the U.S. economy as it suffers from coronavirus panic and lengthy state-mandated shutdowns. 

The legislation, titled the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, builds off an earlier $2.2 trillion stimulus bill, one that delivered billions of dollars to Americans and U.S. businesses struggling to stay afloat as economic activity plummeted and unemployment claims skyrocketed through the early spring. 

The vote count was 208-199. Fourteen Democrats voted against the bill, which got support from one Republican, New York Rep. Peter King.

The new bill would significantly increase the amount to which individuals are entitled for their dependents: Parents and other guardians would receive $1,200 per dependent under the legislation, up from $500 in the earlier package. 

The bill also includes provisions such as funding for vote-by-mail initiatives throughout the country, as well as rental assistance programs. 

The bill faces a steep battle in the Republican-controlled Senate. Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso called the bill "big," "bloated," "partisan" and "a payoff to [Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's] liberal constituencies." He argued at the time that the bill would "never pass the Senate."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, meanwhile, said on Thursday that the bill was a "parade of absurdities that can hardly be taken seriously" as well as "a $3 trillion dollar left-wing wish list."

President Trump has said he will veto the measure.

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