U.S. Senate Passes $1.9 Trillion Dollar Pandemic Relief Bill

The US Senate has passed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 Trillion Covid-19 Relief Bill which is also known as the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 after an all-night voting session. 

The bill which was passed by a 50-49 vote, will authorize hundreds of billions of dollars in federal spending for health agencies, hospitals, state and local governments, education, and small businesses to offset the negative effects of the pandemic. 

The bill included provisions for $1,400 Stimulus Checks, $300 Weekly Unemployment, CDC funding, and Child Tax Credit.

Vaccine distribution, testing, contact tracing, and genomic sequencing would also be funded by the bill.

Biden’s proposal to raise the$7.25 per hour minimum wage to $15 per hour however was not approved along with rail plans in Silicon Valley and a bridge in New York.

The approved bill will be sent back to the House of Representatives so that the chamber can approve the Senate’s revisions before Biden signs it into law. 

Members of the Democratic party have expressed that they hope Biden will sign it by March 14. 

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