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U.S. Senate Passes $1.9 Trillion Relief Bill

The U.S. Senate passed a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 Relief Bill on Saturday, with both Arizona senators backing the legislation.

The final vote was 50-49, with every senator voting on party lines. Arizona Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly both voted in favor.

The bill includes $1,400 stimulus checks for Americans making up to $80,000 a year, and an extra $300 per week in unemployment benefits through the summer.

Kelly’s proposal for nearly  $1.5 billion for elder care is included in the bill, as is Sinema’s plan to provide debt forgiveness to local restaurants.

The bill will head back to the U.S House of Representatives before President Biden can sign it, due to Senate alterations of the bill.

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Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.