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How a divided Congress united behind $2 trillion stimulus

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How a divided Congress united behind $2 trillion stimulus

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WASHINGTON – Congress could not have been more fractured after last month’s bitterly partisan impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Prospects that Republicans and Democrats could work together on anything of substance seemed far-fetched, especially given the simmering feud between Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. D-Calif.

Then the coronavirus showed up on America’s doorstep.

A bipartisan spirit – borne of necessity – emerged. Within weeks, congressional leaders working hand-in-hand with administration officials forged a deal on an historic federal response to a pandemic that has killed hundreds, walloped the economy and derailed America’s daily routines.

Late Wednesday, the Senate voted 96-0 to pass an historic $2 trillion relief package that would provide checks of up to $1,200 for most adults, give billions in potentially forgivable loans to small businesses and rescue the battered airlines industry. The House is expected to take the bill up Friday and pass it.

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