Congress Passes $1.9 Trillion Dollar COVID-19 Relief Package
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Congress passed Biden’s $1.9 trillion dollar coronavirus relief package on Wednesday. The package will send $1,400 dollars to most Americans, increase unemployment benefits and aid anti-poverty programs.
The Senate passed the bill last Saturday day in a close 50-49 win for President Biden. The House followed, voting 220-211 and surviving off of unanimous democratic support.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Biden will sign the bill on Friday.
The Biden Administration has long called the bill the American Rescue Plan, calling it one of the most influential pieces of legislation to pass in regard to poverty in this generation. They say the “rescue plan” will assist families who struggled financially prior to the pandemic.
“The Biden American Rescue Plan is about the children, their health, their education, [and] the economic security of their families,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) right before the House passed the bill. “This legislation is one of the most transformative and historic bills any of us will ever have an opportunity to support.”
However, not every lawmaker supports the approval including most of the Republican Party. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA.) hoped to stop the process by motioning for the meeting to adjourn early this morning. She called it a “massive woke progressive” bill. However, the House rejected her motion.
Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL.) gave his thoughts to Fox News and called the bill extremely progressive.
“We ought to do targeted relief. Republicans are all on board to help people who lost their jobs, help the businesses that are struggling, get more money for vaccines, make sure we have a good robust testing program,” said Scott.
“But this is the Bernie Sanders Progressive, Joe Biden Progressive bill to just payback liberal interest groups.”