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House releases $2.2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill: 4 things to know

  1. The scaled-back $2.2 trillion relief package is $1.2 trillion less than the HEROES Act passed by the House earlier this year.
  2. The relief package includes funding for the U.S. Postal Service and money for airlines, restaurants, schools and child care centers. The new bill also includes another round of direct payments to Americans, would renew supplemental unemployment aid that expired in July and extend the Paycheck Protection Program.
  3. The relief package includes $75 billion for COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and other healthcare efforts, and another $28 billion for procurement, distribution and awareness campaigns for a COVID-19 vaccine.
  4. The legislation would set aside $2 billion to provide more personal protective equipment for essential workers. It also increases federal spending on Medicaid.
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