Democrats and Republicans in the Senate are still arguing over a stimulus funding package related to coronavirus. The package failed to get votes in a procedural tally on March 22.

The two parties are split on funding measures and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused Democrats of adding extra items, instead of focusing on a speedy deal. Democrats objected to what they saw as a lack of protection for workers and limited funding for hospitals.

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The bill provides $58 billion for airlines and $17 billion for businesses related to national security.  The total relief package is valued at $2 trillion. The bill would also give $1200 to most adults and $500 to children. $500 billion would be allocated to a lending program for businesses, cities and states, while $350 billion is allocated for business payroll costs. The bill gives Treasury the authority to discern who receives the money, a stipulation that is concerning for Democrats.

“We have an obligation to get the details right, get them done quickly. That doesn’t mean blindly accepting a Republican-only bill,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

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