Wisconsin Congressional leaders react to passage of stimulus package
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS 58) -- President Donald Trump signed a historic $2.2 trillion dollar stimulus bill into law Friday after it passed both houses.
It cleared the U.S. House of Representatives Friday morning on a voice vote.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security -- or "CARES" Act -- had overwhelming bipartisan support and pumps hundreds of billions into the economy.
Stimulus checks will be sent directly to American families under the bill. It also expands unemployment benefits, and helps hospitals and small businesses.
Congressman Bryan Steil said he had some issues with the bill, but families’ urgent need to get quick financial relief outweighed those concerns.
"It gives funding into our health care system, in particular hospitals so that they can obtain the personal protective equipment that they need. This is a positive step forward. It's not a perfect bill but a positive step forward as we work together to address this crisis," Steil told CBS 58.
Congresswoman Gwen Moore said in a statement the CARES Act takes quote “meaningful steps” to help address the needs American families have right now.
"I support this legislation but also recognize that more work needs to be done. I am committed to building upon these efforts with my colleagues," Moore said.