$908 billion, approximately half of the amount within the initial CARES Act relief bill passed in March, was approved by Congress on Monday. Packed with funding for organizations and causes, here and around the world, many Americans seem to be questioning all over social media why more of that half-sized bill, (which came 7 months after the first), is not earmarked for the individual pockets of taxpaying citizens.
The bill’s guidelines determine that any American making 75K or below for the year 2019 will receive a $600 dollar check. Children are also eligible, so, if you had a family of four with both parents making below 75k, you would receive $2400.
The bill, which is 5,593 pages in length, features such funding-projects as these:
- $15 billion for arts and culture.
- $4 billion for New York’s MTA.
- $7 billion for broadband expansion.
- $101 million to fight transnational wildlife poaching and trafficking.
- $2.5 million for internet freedom programs in closed societies.
- Hundreds of millions for varying foreign defense and economic aid programs.
- Funding for new cultural museums at National Mall.
The bill also features new laws, here are a few:
- The USPS can no longer deliver e-cigarettes.
- A copyright law making unauthorized streaming a felony.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said of the bill on Twitter today:
“Pleased that we were able to get so much done #ForThePeople in the closing days of the 116th Congress, including the emergency COVID relief package. More must be done and looking forward to hitting the ground running with President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Twitter yesterday:
“The Senate just passed another major, bipartisan, COVID-19 Relief package. The American people can rest assured that more help is on the way, immediately.”