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WASHINGTON — House Democrats unveiled a $2.2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill in a longshot push to break the impasse on relief negotiations before the election, though the bill is likely to face opposition in the Republican-controlled Senate if it passes the House.  

Many of the benefits previously approved by Congress ran out earlier this year, leaving millions of Americans waiting for urgently-needed aid. The $600 federal benefit to unemployment benefits ran out in July, a loan forgiveness program for small businesses expired, and airlines warned of mass layoffs as support for the industry expired. 

The bill, an updated version of the legislation passed earlier by House Democratsprovides another round of $1,200 stimulus checks, reauthorizes the small business lending program, brings back the $600 federal boost to the unemployment benefit through January, and provides assistance for the airline industry.

The bill also includes: 

  • $225 billion in education funding, with $182 billion for K-12 schools and about $39 billion for postsecondary education
  • $120 billion in grants for restaurants
  • $436 billion in assistance for state, local, and tribal governments
  • $75 billion for COVID-19 testing, tracing, and isolation measures 
  • $15 billion in funding for the United States Postal Service 
  • Increased food assistance benefits

“Democrats are making good on our promise to compromise with this updated bill, which is necessary to address the immediate health and economic crisis facing America’s working families right now,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote in a letter to Democrats as the bill was unveiled. 

Moderate Democrats, many of whom face tough re-election contests, have pushed congressional Democratic leaders for weeks to act on a pared-down COVID-19 relief bill before they leave for their scheduled