The Senate just passed the House-passed coronavirus relief legislation that includes provisions for free testing for COVID-19 and paid emergency leave.
The measure will now go to President Trump for his signature. Trump expressed support for the package last week, paving the way for a broad bipartisan vote in the House.
The final tally was 90-8. The “no” votes were Sens. Marsha Blackburn, Jim Inhofe, James Lankford, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Ben Sasse, Tim Scott and Ron Johnson.
Passage will also allow the Senate to devote its full attention to passing the next relief package in response to the coronavirus crisis.
Some background: McConnell and other Senate Republicans had been critical of the House-passed legislation, but emphasized that it is urgent to get relief to the American people amid the coronavirus crisis. McConnell reiterated today that he will not adjourn the Senate until it passes what lawmakers are describing as a “phase three” economic stimulus package in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
After an initial vote last week, the House approved a set of changes to the legislation on Monday, clearing the path for the Senate to take it up this week.