Advertisement

House passes $3T coronavirus relief package; Trump promises veto

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., walks to her office Friday prior to a House vote on a new COVID-19 stimulus bill at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., walks to her office Friday prior to a House vote on a new COVID-19 stimulus bill at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

May 16 (UPI) -- The House has passed a $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill that, if President Donald Trump hadn't promised to veto, would be the largest such package in U.S. history.

The legislation passed with a vote of 208-199 late Friday after the chamber approved a historic process to allow lawmakers to vote remotely by proxies. One Republican -- Rep. Pete King of New York -- voted with Democrats in favor of the bill, while 14 Democrats sided with Republicans against it.

Advertisement

The legislation now moves on to the Senate for consideration.

Known as the HEROES Act, the legislation Democrats unveiled Tuesday aims to funnel money to state and local governments to address issues that were not included in previous measures and increase funding for the U.S. Postal Service.

RELATED Stocks close flat Friday; finish worst week since March

"Congress has taken important and meaningful steps to address this public health crisis, but more must be done. I will continue to work with my colleagues to protect the health and safety of all families in Maryland and work toward economic recovery," House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer said in a statement.

Advertisement

Republicans have balked at the package, deriding it as a partisan move filled with expenses unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic, a notion the White House repeated Thursday in its letter to the House of Representatives.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of California took issue with the fact that the package provides another $1,200 stimulus check for Americans and undocumented immigrants alike.

RELATED Average 30-year mortgage rate drops to record 3.09 percent

House Speaker "Nancy Pelosi just got caught trying to give coronavirus stimulus checks to illegal immigrants," he said. "She seriously didn't think anyone would read the 1,800-page wishlist she wrote in her office," he tweeted.

"Not so fast, Nancy. Republicans made Democrats vote on the record on this one!"

When it was unveiled, Pelosi described the package as having three pillars to reopen the economy safely and quickly, to honor those fighting the coronavirus and to put money in the pockets of Americans suffering under strict lockdown measures put in place to prevent spread of the virus.

RELATED 'Stay-at-home' orders reduce COVID-19 cases in some areas, study finds

"We can all agree that we must open our economy as quickly as we can, but we must do so based on science and data," she said.

Advertisement

California life in the COVID-19 pandemic

A pedestrian walks past a bar established in 1933 after Los Angeles County officials closed it for the second time following a spike in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles on August 10. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo
RELATED Trump names drug researcher, Army general to lead vaccine effort

Latest Headlines