09:21 GMT21 January 2021
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    The United States, still the country most affected by the raging coronavirus pandemic, has not seen a coronavirus relief bill since April, as congressional leaders remained stuck in negotiations. A new agreement on another COVID aid package announced today, however, does not seem to bring joy to most Americans.

    After US congressional leaders on Sunday announced that they had finally agreed on a new coronavirus relief bill, the decision immediately prompted a wave of reactions, and not all of those reacting were optimistic.

    The bill, teased amid Democrats touting that they would "crush the virus and put the money in the pockets of the American people" and Republicans promising that "more help is on the way", caused outrage among netizens over what most consider to be a paltry direct payment sum to individuals, at a mere $600.

    The amount of money is seen by many as "insulting" and "shameful", with many users suggesting that amount is "even worse than doing nothing". 

    In a hurricane of negative comments regarding the bill, netizens slammed both parties, Republican and Democrat, for the decision.


    ​Social media rage is mixed with bitter sarcasm.

    ​Even the Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, expressed indignation over the $600 amount, slamming the sum while referring to "fiat money" - government-issued currency not backed by a commodity such as gold. One user responded to him, suggesting that "other countries are sending thousands of dollars per month to their citizens".

    ​Dorsey's reaction, however, was not accepted warmly by everyone, with many recalling how much money the Twitter CEO has.

    ​The most recent coronavirus relief bill was announced earlier on Sunday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. It will now head to the Democratic-led House of Representatives and move on to the Republican-controlled Senate. If passed, the deal will have to be signed into law by US President Donald Trump.


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