The U.S. Capitol Building. (Photo via Geoff Livingston/Flickr)

The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday passed a bill that aims to help the country’s economy in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, local congressional leaders said.

The bill also provides enough funding to keep the government operating until September 2021, the offices of Reps. Mark DeSaulnier, Jared Huffman and Mike Thompson said.

The economic stimulus will provide each person up to $600 if their income is lower than the threshold.

More than $250 billion in new funding will be available for small businesses through Paycheck Protection Program, $25 billion will be made available through the first-ever federal rental assistance program and $300 a week will be available as supplemental federal unemployment benefits.

“Thousands of Americans have been holding on by a thread, desperately waiting for relief,” Rep. Huffman said in a statement. “I’m glad we were able to reach this deal, but we have not secured anywhere close to the support that’s needed to combat the coronavirus, help families, and rebuild the economy.”

The bill passed the House 359-53. It will move to the Senate, which is expected to pass it later Monday evening, before going to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Keith Burbank, Bay City News

Keith Burbank is currently a fulltime reporter covering Alameda County and Oakland news for Bay City News. He has also worked on the Data Points project for Local News Matters, finding trends and stories about the region through data. In 2019, he was a California Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, producing a series about homeless deaths in Santa Clara County. He worked as a swing shift editor for the newswire for several years as well. Outside of journalism, Keith enjoys computer programming, math, economics and music.