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House Approves Coronavirus Relief Bill

The House of Representatives approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on Friday. 

The bill, which the Senate had already approved 96-0, now goes to President Donald Trump, who’s already promised to sign it. 

The Hagstrom Report says the measure passed the House by voice vote, with just a few voices in opposition. 

Democrats in the House praised Senate Democrats and House leadership for making changes in the bill, while House Ways and Means Ranking Member Kevin Brady says, “Senate Democrats, aided by (House) Speaker Nancy Pelosi, recklessly delayed this bill for days and used this crisis to try and advance a frivolous political agenda. 

That failed, while the Senate found unanimous, if not perfect, ground.” 

Mike Rogers of Alabama told the House that the bill was particularly important to rural hospitals that need to buy supplies and build infrastructure to provide medical information and advice online. 

Washington state Republican Dan Newhouse told his colleagues before the vote that the bill would “support hardworking farmers and ranchers who provide food for the nation.” 

Pelosi herself called for a large vote so that Americans would realize the government is there to help.

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