In a surprise move, the Senate on Thursday voted to approve legislation that will provide $500,000 in relief for up to 5 million Americans on unemployment insurance and $100,000 to families affected by Hurricane Harvey.
The House voted Tuesday to support the same bill, but on Wednesday night, the GOP leadership decided to pull the bill out of committee.
Democrats have been pushing for a more immediate, temporary relief package, which they say would allow Americans to work during the crisis and also provide some relief for those who lost their homes.
The bill will be introduced as soon as the Senate returns from its break and is expected to come before the Senate again on Thursday.
Democrats are pushing for the relief package to include a $100 billion infrastructure package and also $1 trillion in tax relief.
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The House approved the bill on Tuesday evening and the Senate passed it Thursday afternoon.
It has now cleared both the Senate and the House by a vote of 216 to 168, with two Democrats voting no.
The legislation now goes to President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature, though the president is expected in a few weeks to sign the legislation.
Democrats say they’re looking forward to working with him to bring relief to the American people and a bipartisan effort to fund the government.
“This is a great day for America and the people of our great country,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
“We must not wait until the last minute to provide relief to American families.”