Coronavirus Special Report: Morning minute, 3/25

Reporters question Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, center, as he walks through the Capitol on his way to a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.  (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
Reporters question Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, center, as he walks through the Capitol on his way to a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)
Posted March 25, 2020 at 5:00am

Democratic lawmakers and President Donald Trump reached agreement last night on a $2 trillion rescue package that will send $1,200 checks to many American adults and allocate $500 billion to companies hurt by the shutdown. Most of it will come in the form of Federal Reserve loans. Democrats, concerned that companies would take bailouts and still lay off workers, added language creating an inspector general and a congressionally appointed panel to oversee the money.

Senators, still in Washington, could vote on the deal today. But getting it through the House won’t be as easy. Representatives remain in their districts, and many don’t want to come back to the crowded Capitol.

House Rules Chairman Jim McGovern hopes to pass the bill by unanimous consent or voice vote to allow them to stay home. But a single member of the House could then block passage, requiring the lawmakers to return.

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