Transcript for Congress passes 2nd COVID-19 relief bill, money before new year
Good evening and it's great to have you with us here as we start another week together. Christmas week in America. And there is a lot to get to tonight. We are following the growing concern over the new coronav variant found in the uk and now in other countries. Tonight, why they're concerned and why there is still a lot to be learned about this. But what about flights from the uk to the U.S.? And is it normal to have mutations? Should the vaccines still work? We'll take you through it and Dr. Jha is standing by tonight. But we're going to begin at this hour with help finally within reach for millions of Americans in need. Congress tonight now racing to vote on a new $900 billion stimulus relief package, the first one since March. And it comes amid these images today. Four days before Christmas now, hundreds of people lining up at a food bank in Anaheim, California, we saw this across the country. And that number. 885,000 workers filing unemployment claims last week alone. After being deadlocked for months, senate majority leader Mitch Mcconnell revealing a deal at hand. $600 checks for individual Americans. And what can small businesses expect? We'll go through it tonight. President-Elect Joe Biden getting his vaccine today, welcoming the covid relief for Americans and saying more help is needed. All of this as the sound vaccine is now being rolled out, modern shots being given out across the U.S. And of course, the numbers tonight. More than 318,000 American lives lost. Nearly 50,000 deaths reported this month alone. And it's only the 21st of the month. We'll guide you through it all tonight, beginning with that long-awaited vote on the hill. And here's our chief white house correspondent Jonathan Karl leading us off tonight. Reporter: With a price tag of $900 billion, the covid relief package will be one of the most expensive bills ever passed by congress, but it may be too little and it's certainly late, with long lines at food banks across the country and another 885,000 Americans filing for unemployment within just the last week. The bill includes a one-time payment of $600 for individuals making up to $75,000 a year. A family of four stands to receive $2,400. It adds another $300 a week to federal unemployment benefits. And $8.75 billion for distributing the vaccine. The deal comes after we saw members of congress from both parties get highly sought after first doses of the vaccine. And after Americans have been waiting for economic assistance for months. It is not too little too late. It's directly targeted at what the country needs right now. Reporter: The white house today said people will begin to see that money in their accounts before the new year. People are going to see this money the beginning of next week. Reporter: President-Elect Biden says he is encouraged by the bipartisan agreement, but said more will need to be done. Lisa Mistretta, who has high risk health conditions that prevent her from working, is worried about waiting for so long, the money won't go far enough. Her rent alone, she says, is $1,300. I've never missed a rent or housing payment. So, it's scary. We've been following these stories of Americans for months now. I want to get right to Jon Karl with us live tonight. And Jon, I know congress working to get this done tonight. What's the word from the white house at this hour? Reporter: Well, David, the president hasn't been involved at all in crafting this bill and we haven't really heard anything from him all week. But the white house did put out a statement saying that it was welcome, the bill was welcomed, that the president would sign it shortly after it hits his desk. Jon Karl, thank you. And we're going to turn in the meantime to that alarming
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