Senate passes unprecedented $2 trillion relief bill

Senators unanimously approved a $2 trillion aid package aimed at blunting a coronavirus-triggered recession. The legislation now must be approved by House members and signed into law by the president.

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March 26, 2020 - 9:51 AM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), center, and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), second from right, emerge from a meeting Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Photo by Chip Somodevilla - Getty Images - TNS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed an unparalleled $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The unanimous vote Wednesday came despite misgivings on both sides about whether it goes too far or not far enough and capped days of difficult negotiations as Washington confronted a national challenge unlike it has ever faced.

The 880-page measure is the largest economic relief bill in U.S. history. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared somber and exhausted as he announced the vote — and he released senators from Washington until April 20, though he promised to recall them if needed.

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