President Donald Trump has signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which will provide sick leave, expanded unemployment insurance and food assistance, and free testing for the virus.
The Senate passed the legislation by a 90-8 vote on Wednesday afternoon.
The Trump administration’s Coronavirus Task Force plans to hold a press briefing at 11 a.m. Thursday morning.
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Senate Republicans and the Trump administration were “going to try and reach an agreement on phase three” of a coronavirus stimulus package.
On the Senate floor Wednesday morning, McConnell encouraged senators to “vote and exit the chamber” during the full 30-minute roll call vote. “Be aware of the social distancing,” he said. “I think we’ll be able to get through the vote later today without violating any of the safety precautions.”
McConnell stated that he has created three task forces among Senate Republicans to come up with the next bill.