Congress to vote on stimulus bill sending most Americans $600, extending COVID-19 protections

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Pedestrians walk along the East Front of the U.S. Capitol Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. on Dec. 4, 2020. Credit: REUTERS/Tom Brenner

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Many Americans and businesses could be receiving a financial boost in the coming days, thanks to a last minute Congressional scramble to pass a $900 billion relief bill intended to address economic hardships inflicted by COVID-19 pandemic.

Congressional leaders released the bill — the result of eight months of negotiations — in the twilight of the current Congressional session. Because of internal squabbles and a last minute computer glitch that delayed the printing and posting of the bill on Monday, members will only have a matter of hours to examine the legislation before they are expected to vote late on Monday.