Son of a . . . . Coronavirus: US Senate snag holds up $2tn disaster aid bill
A last-minute row is delaying a vote in Congress on a $2tn (£1.7tn) coronavirus disaster aid bill that is the largest economic stimulus in US history.
Republican and Democratic senators have been arguing over jobless benefits in the titanic spending legislation.
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What's the snag in Congress?
President Donald Trump, a Republican, said on Wednesday he would sign the fast-tracked bill as soon as it reached his desk.
But the plan hit a speed bump as Republican senators Tim Scott, Rick Scott, Ben Sasse and Lindsey Graham said its major expansion of jobless benefits provided "a strong incentive for employees to be laid off instead of going to work".
They said they would oppose the bill unless it was fixed to ensure workers could not have a higher income while unemployed than in a job.
Senator Bernie Sanders, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, said he would oppose the bill unless the Republicans dropped their objections. He also demanded tougher conditions on the legislation's "corporate welfare".
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One thing is for certain and two for sure. . .at the rate of deaths from this virus, there will be a healthy surplus by the time they actually agree.
And don't believe what it says about Americans earning under 75,000 getting 1,200. It's actually "up to" 1,200, beginning at 600.00 for low income workers because we can survive on less. [ /sarcasm ]