There is a lot of news about the $900 billion COVID relief package passed by Congress on 12/21/2020. There is less news about the $1.4 trillion spending bill that was passed. However, a lot of people out there seem to be mixing up the two, with people saying things like the “$900 billion COVID relief bill contains all this money for foreign assistance, funding wildlife programs, etc.” However, the best I can tell, those budget items are separate from COVID relief; they are part of the omnibus bill.
Is there only one piece of legislation that was passed in congress? Or 2 separate things, that were tied together based on agreements that neither would pass unless both were passed? Is COVID relief simply a small part of the same omnibus spending bill, or is it a separate bill? If it all one thing, why is $900 billion being talked about as an amount of money, when the actual bill is for much more spending than that?