The Senate will vote on the House-passed economic relief bill on Wednesday. March 19, 2020, 1:30 AM8 min read President Donald Trump signed an economic relief bill to help combat the coronavirus pandemic, ensuring free testing and paid leave for certain workers hours after the Senate passed the measure on Wednesday. Lawmakers overwhelmingly voted 90-8 in favor of the “phase two” stimulus measure. Eight Republican senators opposed the measure, which the Joint Committee on Taxation estimates will cost just north of $100 billion. Earlier Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged his Republican colleagues to support it. “I do not believe we should let perfection be the enemy of something that will help even a subset of workers,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “We’re going to pass the House bill, but its imperfections will just make our more comprehensive package more urgent. So we aren’t leaving — everybody understand that — we aren’t leaving, until we deliver.” He added, “The Senate is not going to leave small business behind.” The economic relief bill ensures free COVID-19 testing, bolsters unemployment insurance, increases spending on health insurance for the poor and adds $1 billion in food aid. The agreement includes paid


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