The Senate passed a bill Wednesday to help provide money to businesses and citizens suffering from the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
The Senate overwhelmingly approved of the coronavirus aid package that provides paid sick leave, expands unemployment assistance and resources for testing. Ninety congressmen voted for the bill and 8 voted against it.
The vote comes after The House of Representatives passed a reworked coronavirus bill Monday. The House approved the plan via unanimous consent. The House then sent the original coronavirus package plus a retooled version to the Senate. The Senate then passed three separate bills which will now be sent to President Donald Trump. (RELATED: House Passes Updated Coronavirus Bill)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he decided to vote on the House bills as soon as possible and not blend the House bills with the upcoming Senate legislation. He also added that the Senate will not leave until they pass the next coronavirus bill.
Trump held a press conference at the end of February discussing how the U.S. will deal with the disease and put Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the task force. (RELATED: President Trump Appoints Vice President Pence To Head Coronavirus Task Force)
The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic Wednesday.