United States President Joe Biden has signed the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill into law on March 11, a day earlier than originally planned.
“This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country and giving people in this nation — working people and middle-class folks, the people who built the country — a fighting chance,” Biden said in remarks at the signing of the bill called the American Rescue Plan, which is one of the largest spending bill in U.S. history.
“We want to move as fast as possible. We will hold our celebration of the signing on Friday, as planned, with Congressional leaders,” White House Chief of Staff Ronald Klain stated in a tweet.
Congress passed the bill last March 10 with a vote of 220-211.
Aimed at helping Americans and at reviving the economy hit hard by the pandemic, the bill includes direct payments of up to $1,400 to most American households earning under $75,000. It also includes weekly payments of $300 until September for the unemployed.
The bill also allocates billions of dollars for COVID-19 testing and research, as well as vaccine distribution and development. It also allocates billions of dollars for schools and colleges to safely reopen amid the pandemic.
The signing of the bill came hours before Biden’s first prime-time televised address since he took office. The address would mark one year since widespread shutdowns across the country took place due to COVID-19.
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