House passes $1.9 trillion stimulus package

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WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives early Saturday passed a $1.9 trillion recovery plan that will put stimulus checks in individuals’ pockets and provide millions for local government.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D, NY-18) said the package is “the most sweeping response to the pandemic to date.”

The Hudson Valley lawmaker said it will help supplement revenue lost by localities.

“It will have a profound impact on every level of our society, from the kitchen table to global industries. This will result in 80-plus percent of

American families receiving some sort of direct help in the form of direct payments, but also in profound ways like the earned income tax credit, in unemployment insurance, in help to our local school systems and help to our mass transit systems,” he said.

It will now be up to the Senate to pass the measure, which Maloney believes will occur within a matter of days.

The package includes $75 million for Orange County, $57 million for Dutchess, $19 million for Putnam and $188 million for Westchester County.

The City of Newburgh can expect $22 million, the City of Poughkeepsie will receive $21 million and the City of Middletown will receive $12 million.