Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here.The usually outspoken champions of fiscal discipline were either muted in their concerns — or muzzled by congressional leadership — as the massive $2 trillion coronavirus response bill was approved by Congress on Friday.The House of Representatives on Friday passed the costliest relief package in U.S. history, aligning with the Senate and sending the measure to President Trump’s desk. The package is poised to swell the deficit and add to a national debt that exceeds $23 trillion.CONGRESS PASSES MASSIVE CORONAVIRUS RESPONSEThe bill, despite 11th-hour drama over process, was approved on a broad, bipartisan basis. Despite concerns over certain items, lawmakers generally made the case that the economic aid is desperately needed by workers and businesses squeezed by restrictions meant to slow the outbreak’s spread. From a fiscal standpoint, there were warnings that the need to prevent an economic collapse, which would also dent the deficit, outweighed all else.A big component of the package involves federal loans as well as the Federal Reserve. It is possible that this money will be paid back, with interest. But other appropriations, including stimulus checks and extra unemployment aid and funding to states and more,


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