Congress strikes deal on relief package

Many Americans continue to struggle amid the coronavirus pandemic.
2:17 | 12/21/20

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Breaking news tonight from Washington congress has reached a Covert relief deal. A nearly one trillion dollar package including 600 dollar checks for most Americans ABC White House correspondent Rachel Scott with the late breaking details. Tonight a breakthrough when congress after more than six months of build negotiations. Finally striking a deal to get much need are believed to the American people. We can spot a report what our nation has needed here for very long. More help. Is on the was. Images like this across the country long lines at food Bakes. 885000. Americans filing for unemployment within the last week. Lawmakers scrambling to reach a compromise just hours before government shut down. The roughly 900 billion dollar package expected to include 300 billion in aid to businesses. 300 dollars in weekly federal unemployment benefits and 600 dollars in direct payments for millions of Americans apple what the government sent out back in March. Dollars and nothing. Like a lease in the strata is a hospice nurse in New York but her health conditions left her too high risk to work during the pandemic. A single mom already behind in rent worried she won't be able to pay for next month either are behind about. Thousand dollars and morals. Are all or that's 600 dollars stimulus check low more than the median ran across the country. The average one bedroom goes for roughly 12100 dollars it's not even enough in cities like Tulsa Oklahoma. Or rent is about 600 and it be dollars a month. These are not stimulus checks are simulating nothing these are certain checks. Or let's get right to Rachel Rachel leader McConnell announcing the deal on the senate floor just moments ago. Now the question so many Americans are asking win or lose 600 dollar direct payment checks. Going out any word tonight. Tom the soonest Americans could receive those direct payments would be the first few weeks of January both chambers. Would go on that bill as early as some marble we've heard from so many Americans who say that only. Is simply not enough so tonight Democrats are urging leaders on both sides of the aisle to return to the negotiating table at the start of the new year Tom. Rachel Scott with all that new reporting out of Capitol Hill tonight Rachel thank you.

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