The U.S. Senate has on a two billion dollar coronavirus air package and that could mean billions for Pennsylvania

Written by on March 26, 2020

The U.S. Senate nears agreement on a two billion dollar coronavirus air package and that could mean billions for Pennsylvania

Tyler Pratt

March 26, 2020

A sign warning motorists about the coronavirus in Key West, Fla. The U.S. Senate passed a $2 trillion relief measure Wednesday night intended to help hospitals, workers and businesses hit hard by the rapidly spreading virus.
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The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a two-trillion-dollar coronavirus bill as of Wednesday, March 25. 

The aid package is aimed at helping keep the U.S. economy going. But there were partisan disputes over what should be included. WLVR’s Tyler Pratt sat in on a call with Democratic Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey.

“I think most of you know where this bill was just a couple days ago. It wasn’t nearly as strong as the bill we’re going to be voting on, said Casey.

The hundreds of billions of dollars that are being set aside for that could mean direct payment to individuals and families, block grants, business loans and unemployment insurance benefits. 

“I was pleased that the bill includes provisions for seniors and a disability bill to support seniors at home and to protect nursing home residents from the virus.”

One area that has previously stalled negotiations is SNAP – The Supplemental Food and Nutrition Program. Casey said he would have liked to have seen more money for rising food costs.

“That’s one of the areas of the bill I’m disappointed about. I could use stronger language than that but I won’t,” said Casey.

Casey says right now the monetary split between states and cities is 55 – 45. And he says Pennsylvania could get several billion dollars. 


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