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How can the huge congressional aid package help you?

Economic Stimulus

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress is poised to approve an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package that will provide one-time checks for most Americans and significant enhancements to unemployment benefits.

Both will provide much-needed help to those recently laid-off and to financially stressed households as the coronavirus shuts down much of the economy.

For the first time, self-employed workers will qualify for unemployment benefits and all the unemployed will get an extra $600 a week for four months.

Everyone earning up to $75,000 will receive a $1,200 payment, with couples who file jointly getting $2,400.

That one-time payment steadily declines for those who make more.

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WBNG Staff

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