Another amendment added to the package came from New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan. Her provision would require elementary and secondary schools that receive federal coronavirus aid funding to release plans for a “safe return to in-person instruction” within 30 days of receiving the funds. It was adopted following a 51-48 vote.
The final amendment offered, a “perfecting amendment” from Schumer adopted by voice vote, made assorted changes to the underlying text including a $3.6 billion boost to grants for the hard-hit restaurant industry. That would bring the total to $28.6 billion that can be used by restaurants, bars, distilleries and more to cover necessary expenses like payroll, rent, utilities and supplies.
“This relief fund gives hope to the entire independent restaurant and bar community — line cooks, managers, bartenders, and operators from coffee shops, food trucks, bakeries and bistros can rest a bit more soundly tonight knowing help is on the way,” Independent Restaurant Coalition co-founder Tom Colicchio said in a statement.
The Distilled Spirits Council also applauded the Senate bill, while calling on Congress to provide the full $120 billion proposed in bipartisan bills in both chambers.
Kathleen Bever, Mark Burnett, David Lerman, Lindsey McPherson and Jacob Metz contributed to this report.