House passes coronavirus relief package, sends bill to senate
The House passed a coronavirus relief package Saturday on a 363-40 vote.
The legislation, backed by President Trump, would help address food needs, provide paid sick leave for impacted workers, and provide free testing for the coronavirus.
The bill allows states to request approval from the Secretary of Agriculture to provide emergency assistance for households participating in the supplemental nutrition assistance program equal to their maximum monthly allotment.
The bill also provides $400 million to assist local food banks and $250 million for the senior nutrition program.
The legislation will now head to the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the chamber will review the package but will “act swiftly to secure relief for American workers, families, and small businesses.”