In an eleventh-hour compromise intended to help Americans struggling through the COVID-19 health and economic crises, lawmakers reached a deal on a $900 billion measure that is expected to be passed this week.

The bill is a far cry from the $2.2 trillion CARES Act passed earlier this spring, but it includes another round of one-time checks, extended federal unemployment benefits, some rental relief, and more funds for a job protection program intended for small businesses. It also includes badly needed funds for the MTA.

Democratic leaders in Washington are framing the compromise as a first step to more relief once President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

"Now, while this bill is far from perfect, nor is it the bill that we would pass if Democrats had a Majority in the Senate, it is a strong shot in the arm to help American families weather the storm," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday evening. "It is $900 billion.  That is the second largest stimulus amount of dollars that has ever gone into the economy."

When announcing the deal, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blamed Democrats for stonewalling progress on additional relief that has been stalled since May, when House Democrats passed a $3 trillion piece of legislation.

"The progress of this past week could have happened in July or August or September or October," McConnell said. Senate Republicans had put forth a bill that McConnell described as in the "ballpark" of the deal reached this week. Schumer noted McConnell's version, however, failed to include jobless benefits, rental assistance, transit funds, small business grants, and other key provisions now included in this deal.

Schumer said New York State governments will receive $13 billion dollars "in a variety of ways from mass transit aid, to education aid, to money for vaccinations and testing. In addition to direct relief checks, extending enhanced unemployment insurance, this deal provides another round of PPP and grants for small businesses across the state, including set-asides for minority-owned and other underserved businesses and new larger forgivable loans for restaurants as part of a funding bridge to the Biden administration where we will to fight secure additional relief."

So what made it in the bill? Most Americans will get another round of $600 stimulus payments for a total of $166 billion in direct checks, according to summaries reported by Politico. They would be distributed to people who with annual incomes under $75,000.

The payments are half of stimulus checks from the spring, but a provision even President Donald Trump had pressured Republicans to include.

Unemployment benefits will be extended at $300 a week to help supplement state benefits as well as an extension of benefits for freelancers and gig workers who don't receive state jobless benefits.

The benefits would add 11 weeks of benefits for jobless Americans—setting up another looming deadline. Previous weekly federal pandemic checks of $600 expired in late July and were cut in half to $300 a week, which had since expired. About 1.1 million New Yorkers were expected to have their jobless aid from the feds cut by the end of the month before the deal was reached.

About $325 billion in small business aid would be added, including $284 billion through the Paycheck Protection Program, $20 billion for businesses in low-income communities, and $15 billion for live venues through the Save Our Stages piece of the bill.

Schumer had pushed for the Save Our Stages provisions, which industry advocates and local politicians welcomed as a bridge to keep Broadway and other performance venues afloat.

A federal eviction protection through the Centers for Disease Control was extended to the end of January, and $25 billion in rental assistance was added, according to Politico. Another $13 billion would fund food stamp benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

New York would get $1.3 billion in rental assistance, including $251 million in NYC, according to Schumer's office. The remaining breakdown includes $887 million for the state to dole out, $28 million in Erie County, $23 million in Hempstead, $22 million in Monroe County, $18 million in Nassau County, $45 million Suffolk County, and $29 million in Westchester County. A $3 trillion measure that passed in the House back in May was estimated to include $10 billion in rental assistance for NY alone.

Additionally, low-income housing advocates said the deadline for previous state and local funds to be spent for rent relief was extended.

The details of that provision weren't immediately clear, but it could be a much-needed bridge for NYers seeking some rent money through New York's recently expanded rental assistance program, after the state agency administering it was only able to dole out $40 million of an intended $100 million in the first round of payments due to strict requirements.

The bill included $4 billion in aid to the transit authority—one-third of what the agency needed, but a relief for transit leaders.

The funding will help avoid devastating service cuts through 2021 and prevent 9,000 layoffs, said MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick Foye.

"To be clear, we are still facing an $8 billion deficit in the years ahead, but this is a promising first step that will help protect the local, state and national economies in the short term," Foye said in a statement.

About $426 million would go to the state Department of Transportation, and $105.5 million to NY's airports.

About $1.6 billion split between the city and state would go to testing, tracing, and vaccine distribution efforts.

The bill remains a first step, according to Democratic leaders. The NY Times declared the deal was "good enough."

But it failed to deliver aid for state and local governments, which both Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have been demanding Congress include for months. Both the city and state have warned of layoffs and drastic cuts without aid.

"I can't even call what the Congress has agreed to a stimulus," Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a press briefing. "It's not a stimulus. It's a short term survival plan, I'll give you that."

"It's month late. It's billions short. It has no direct aide to localities. There is so much missing you can't call it a stimulus," de Blasio said.

Cuomo said McConnell had put Democrats "in an impossible situation," calling the compromise a Sophie's Choice. "[Republicans] gave Democrats a Sophie's Choice: which life do you want to save? We don't choose in this country who lives and who dies. Everyone should live. When you don't fund states and cities, that means they lay off police, they lay off firefighters, they lay off teachers... You hurt people. This emergency short term whatever you want to call it, it was a Sophie's Choice. It was an impossible, unAmerican choice."

The $900 billion deal is less than half that of the CARES Act, and one-third of what the House passed in May under the HEROES Act.

Queens and Long Island Rep. Tom Suozzi said on The Brian Lehrer Show Monday morning, "This bill is far from perfect because state and local ... is not included."

"I'm devastated that we don't have state and local," Suozzi said. "But we've got to take care of people who are unemployed."