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Dems’ Revised COVID-19 Relief Package Would Restore $600 Weekly Unemployment Benefits, Supply $1,200 Stimulus Checks

House Democrats’ revised coronavirus relief bill would restore some popular programs, including restoration of $600 in extra weekly unemployment for people who lost their jobs in March after the pandemic crippled the economy.

In addition, another round of the $1,200-per-adult stimulus checks for middle- and low-income households stricken with hardships caused by COVID-19 can be expected, CBS News reported.

The new $2.2 trillion bill called the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, or HEROES Act, would reinstate the $600 in weekly supplementary jobless benefits, especially needed by residents in states “where unemployment compensation is capped at sub-poverty-levels,” Rebecca Dixon, executive director of the National Employment Law Project, told CBS.

While odds of the bill’s passage remain long, it also appears to be gaining traction as negotiations remain ongoing between Democrats and the U.S. Treasury Department.

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