Congress Passes $1.9 Trillion Covid-19 Stimulus Bill

The United States Congress gave its final approval to  the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill on March 10, sending it to President Joe Biden for his signature.

With a vote of 220-211, the House has passed the American Rescue Plan, which Biden called “historic” and which the White House said he will sign on March 12.

“This legislation is about giving the backbone of this nation – the essential workers, the working people who built this country, the people who keep this country going – a fighting chance,” Biden said in a statement, thanking those who voted for it.

The House first passed the original version of the plan last February, but the bill made its way to the House again after the Senate made some changes, including the removal of a provision that would increase federal minimum wage and the decrease of weekly unemployment benefits from $400 to $300.

The bill sends direct payments of up to $1,400 to 85% of American households earning under $75,000, which Biden vowed will start “this month.”

The bill also provides billions of dollars for the distribution and development of COVID-19 vaccines, testing, and supplies.

The bill also allocates billions of dollars to help schools and colleges safely reopen amid the pandemic.

“By passing this plan, we will have delivered real, tangible results for the American people and their families, and they’ll be able to see and know and feel the change in their own lives.  And by passing this plan, we’ll have proved that this government, this democracy can still work. What has to be done — it’ll improve people’s lives,” Biden said in remarks last March 6 when the Senate passed the bill.


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