Unanimous passage on 96-0 roll call, H.R. 748 goes to the House for passage
At 10:48PM CDT Wednesday night, the U.S. Senate passed the compromise stimulus bill, H.R. 748, officially known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The minimum 60-vote passage threshold was easily achieved in the 96-0 unanimous vote.
Now, on to the House.
The latest version of the text of the bill can be found at this link:
UPDATE: Senator Dick Durbin tweeted the following after the vote, transcribed for ease of reading:
“America and Illinois, help is on the way.
“After two emergency bills were enacted with strong, bipartisan support, I’m glad the Senate, on a bipartisan basis, passed this third, historic funding bill.
“Like all compromises, this bill is not perfect. However, because Senate Democrats insisted on strengthening this bill, we can now say it is a bill that puts our hospitals and health care professionals first.
“Keeping working families strong during this crisis; giving small businesses the means to re-open; & reimbursing our state and local governments for the extraordinary sacrifices they are making were our goals from the start.
“We have responded strongly to all of these priorities.
“As we continue to face this unprecedented public health crisis, I urge the House to pass this legislation quickly and for the President to sign it without delay.”Senator Dick Durbin, via Twitter, 3/25/20
Durbin challenger, Republican nominee Mark Curran, released the following in response to Senator Durbin’s tweets:
“A relief package could’ve been sent to the full Senate & passed days ago if you [Senator Durbin] had spent more time putting Americans before your partisan political agenda.
“But I guess that’s too much to ask from someone who has been in DC, playing politics, for 38 yrs.”Mark Curran, via Twitter, 3/25/20