"It's been a long hard road with a remarkable number of twists and turns, but for the sake of millions of Americans, it will be worth it", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who negotiated past midnight for days with a White House team.
"Like all compromises, this bill is far from flawless", Schumer wrote in a letter to Democrats on Wednesday.
"There is a whole concern in our country that if we're giving tens of billions of dollars to the airlines, that we could at least have a shared value about what happens to the environment", Pelosi said.
An expansion of who qualifies for unemployment insurance to include people who were furloughed, gig workers and freelancers.
It also proposes the injection of around $130 billion into what Schumer calls "a Marshall Plan for hospitals" and health care infrastructure, referring to the huge American aid programme to rebuild Europe after World War II. As Schumer said on the Senate floor: "Like all compromises, this bill is far from ideal".
Business owners in MA said that money couldn't come soon enough.
The package creates a $500 billion loan program run by the Treasury Department to assist businesses struggling to stay afloat.
Interestingly, the bill has provisions that would block Trump and his family members, as well as other top government officials and members of Congress, from accessing loans or investments from Treasury programmes in the stimulus package.
Later in the press conference, Cuomo again called the bill "troublesome" and reiterated, "We need more federal help than this bill gives us".
Three Republican senators are demanding an immediate fix to a drafting error in the coronavirus stimulus package that they say encourages layoffs and risks life-threatening consequences to critical industries.
"It's going to take a shock to the system to do that", he said. He told reporters that a nurse's aide making $15 an hour would not want to go back to work fighting the pandemic if they were laid off, given they could make $24 an hour on the new expanded unemployment benefits.
After days of around-the-clock negotiations between senators and administration officials, a bipartisan compromise was struck over what is expected to be the largest USA economic stimulus measure ever passed.
The real test will be whether the House accepts the bill as it is, and can pass it with "unanimous consent", a procedure usually reserved for small, noncontroversial bills.
The benefit also applies to those who have no income or receive social security income.
Lawmakers universally expressed a sense of urgency as the nation's economy deteriorates and the health outlook grows more dire. "Graham and the others, they voted for a trillion dollars in tax breaks for the 1% and large corporations and now they're really anxious that a low-income worker might receive extended unemployment plus $600 a week", Sanders said.
As some progressives clamored for bigger direct payments, lawmakers left open the possibility that Congress would pass more direct aid in the future, if the crisis continues.