After days of tense partisan discussions... (SOUNDBITE) (English) SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL, SAYING: We have a deal.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate struck an agreement on a near 2 trillion dollar stimulus bill at almost 2 am on Wednesday (March 25).
It aims to prop up the economy as the coronavirus outbreak grows worse in the United States.
Democrats had twice rejected Senate Republicans' earlier version of the bill, arguing that it lacked proper oversight.
The new version has an inspector general and an oversight board.
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the deal would include $150 billion in aid to state and local governments on top of support for hospitals, corporations, and unemployed workers.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER, SAYING: "To all Americans I say, help is on the way , big help and quick help." COVID-19 has killed hundreds of people in the United States and sickened tens of thousands.
The deal came just hours after President Trump said he wants the country back to business by Easter.
Thousands of businesses have closed, throwing millions out of work.
The outbreak has led states to order 100 million people - nearly a third of the population - to stay at home.
Wednesday's deal had been expected to include a $500 billion fund to help hard-hit industries.
It accounts for direct payments of up to $3,000 to millions of U.S. families, hundreds of billions for small businesses and expanded unemployment aid, and 75 billion for hospitals under strain.
The money at stake in the rescue package exceeds what the U.S. government spends on national defense, scientific research and other discretionary programs. The full text of the agreement is not expected to be available until later on Wednesday.
A U.S. Senate hearing to reform an internet law and hold tech companies accountable for how they moderate content quickly turned into a political scuffle as lawmakers not only went after the companies but also attacked each other. This report produced by Jonah Green.
[NFA] The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate on Sunday moved closer toward a final confirmation vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, on Monday, just over a week before Election Day. Gavino Garay reports.
The Republican-led U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved President Donald Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to a lifetime Supreme Court seat despite a Democratic boycott, clearing the way for a final Senate confirmation vote planned for Monday. This video produced by Jonah Green.
Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney-Barrett may be put on the back burner for the time being. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for a halt of the proceedings after two Senate Judiciary Committee members tested positive for COVID-19. GOP Senators Thom Tillis and Mike Lee said Friday they had tested positive for the virus after President Trump announced his diagnosis.
[NFA] President Donald Trump on Monday sought to discredit Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's family's statement that her last wish was the next president appoint her successor, saying without evidence it could have been from someone else. This report produced by Chris Dignam.
The race for the presidency is approaching its end amid a raging pandemic. Democratic nominee Joe Biden maintains a substantial lead over Donald Trump nationwide. This is according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS, reports CNN. Among likely voters, 54% back Biden and 42% Trump. Biden has held a lead in every CNN poll on the matchup since 2019. He has held a statistically significant advantage in every high-quality national poll since the spring.
In a bid to boost business amid the COVID-19, sweet shop owners in Ahmedabad have introduced immunity booster food items as Diwali approaches. The reason behind the move of shop owners is the growing demand for healthy delicacies, and to match it up the festive season, immunity booster sweets are being preferred over the traditional sweets. Moreover, this also helps in the business of shop owners amid the slowdown due to COVID-19. One of the customers, while purchasing sweets, said she has opted for sweets made of dry fruits keeping in mind the health of her family amid the pandemic.
Jammu and Kashmir government organised Handloom and Handicrafts Exhibition at Numaish Gah in Srinagar. It was organised in order to provide direct marketing support to artisans and weavers who have been distressed due to COVID-19 pandemic. This is the very first such event held after COVID-19 lockdown imposed in the region. Local handmade items like Pashmina and Kani Shawls, Silk Carpets, etc were exhibited. COVID precautionary measures were also followed during the event.