WASHINGTON, DC – Congress passed a $900 billion pandemic relief package. It would deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and resources to vaccinate a nation confronting a frightening surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths. The bipartisan bill passed both the House and Senate in rapid succession Monday night and has been sent to President Trump for his signature, expected in the coming days. Area Congressman Lloyd Smucker voted in favor of the measure. He said he was thankful that at long last, Congress has advanced a measure. He added the reauthorization of the Paycheck Protection Program will provide much needed and targeted aid to small businesses who are struggling. The legislation also includes further financial assistance which will be swiftly delivered to families. Additional aid to those unemployed through no fault of their own will be temporarily extended into the new year. He added that the cost of the stimulus legislation has been offset by repurposing unused funds appropriated by the CARES Act.