President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Relief Plan is Being Expedited After Congress Approved the Budget
The House approved the budget resolution to expedite the drafting of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.
The Senate approved this same budget plan when Vice President Kamala Harris casted her tie-breaking vote Feb. 5.
Harris’s passing vote came after countless hours of voting on a number of amendments.
According to NPR, the Democrats are planning to use reconciliation to pass the legislation with a majority in the Senate to meet the needs of the moment.
All aspects of the reconciliation process will have to follow budgetary restrictions, which is also known as the Byrd Rule.
Both bills will have to be passed by the House and Senate before it is sent to President Biden.
President Biden wants to move quickly with the Democrats to deliver the financial aid since there is disagreement with the Republicans.
The House and Senate will begin drafting the legislation to provide financial aid for COVID-19 vaccines, stimulus payments, and other health and education institutional modifications.
It may take weeks, or even over a month for Senate Democrats to agree on a plan for legislation.
There is disagreement on many of the American Rescue Plan issues, like raising the federal minimum wage to $15 and student loan forgiveness.
President Biden said in a White House announcement Feb. 5 that his plan is an “answer to the crisis we are in.”
“It not only addresses the immediate crisis we’re in, it’s better for the long-term economic health of our nation and our competitiveness,” Biden said. “My plan creates more jobs, creates more economic growth, and does more to make us competitive with the rest of the world.”
He will be sticking to his promise of a $1,400 stimulus payment, despite the Republican proposal of a $1,000 check. This is still a sharp decrease from the $2,000 check proposals that Democrats were supposed to bring forth to a vote.
The plan aims to provide financial aid towards helping as rental assistance, opening schools, and distributing vaccines.