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Congressman Barr details $2 trillion stimulus bill

Posted at 5:36 AM, Mar 26, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) -- Lexington Congressman Andy Barr supports a historic stimulus bill that he says will put money in the pockets of Kentuckians.

Early Wednesday morning, the White House and senate leadership reached an agreement on a $2 trillion stimulus bill to offer financial relief to Americans during the response to coronavirus.
The Senate voted on the bill, which was passed unanimously. It will now head to the house.

The stimulus package includes $1,200 rebates for individual middle income Americans, Congressman Barr said, and $500 per each child.

Those payments would go to people who make up to $75,000 a year, according to NBC News. The bill is also expected to include about $350 billion in relief for small businesses and about $500 billion for corporations.

"We want to push this liquidity, this cash flow out as soon as possible," Barr said.

As cases of coronavirus continue to increase across the country and in Kentucky, Barr said people need to follow the advice of health experts.

"Once we start to see confirmed cases decline repeatedly over several days, that's when we know we're on the right side of this," he said.

Barr said he would prefer a voting option for the bill where representatives who can travel, can vote in-person. For those who aren't able to travel, he said they should be able to submit a statement for the record to detail how they would have voted on the bill.