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Second stimulus check voting in House and Senate: times and how to follow online

With an agreement in place on a much-needed coronavirus relief package, Monday will see voting take place in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Second stimulus check voting in House and Senate: times and how to follow online
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We now know that after months of division amid the negotiations for a coronavirus relief package to follow the CARES Act which was introduced back in March, we finally have an agreement between Republicans and Democrats. It may not be a bill that is to everyone's liking, but it is something that can offer some assistance to many in need.

Sunday saw the agreement reached, and Monday will see the votes cast to approve the bill before Donald Trump can put his signature on it.

Stimulus bill: when is the vote?

The $900 billion bill that has been agreed includes elements such as direct payments to lower-income Americans and it also provides enhanced payments to those people who find themselves unemployed, as the impact of the pandemic pushed unprecedented numbers into this situation.

There is also funding being made available to expand a small-business lending programme and money for schools, airlines, transit systems, and vaccine distribution. We have created a more detailed summary for you to read.

First the House of Representatives will vote. The members will begin to consider the package from around 9 a.m. Eastern Time (15:00 CET) when they are scheduled to convene. The vote then follows. After this, the Senate will cast their votes.

The expectation from both parties is that this bill will pass with no difficulties, at which point it will arrive on the desk of lame duck President Donald Trump to sign into law.

Relief bill: how to follow voting?

All the major news channels will be keeping close tabs on what is happening in the two chambers throughout the day. Here at AS we will also be following all the latest developments and bringing it to you as it breaks via our live blog.