COVID-19 Relief: Congress Passes $1.9 Trillion Package

COVID-19 Relief: Congress Passes $1.9 Trillion Package

Polls this week are showing widespread support for the bill, even among Republicans who are not members of Congress. Republicans have been hurt by this COVID-19 pandemic as much as anyone else. Despite fierce opposition from across the aisle, Democrats are hailing the bill as a landmark piece of anti-poverty legislation.

"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 following the vote. Number two House Republican Steve Scalise said Democrats were "pushing a socialist agenda" while "bankrupting the next generation with mountains of debt".

As a matter of fact, despite a $892 billion in pandemic stimulus bill passed in the US Senate late in December, President Biden had proposed another $1.9 trillion in additional pandemic relief aid earlier this year citing a lavishly languishing US economy alongside a near-stagnant US labour market.

"This plan puts us on a path to beating the virus", he said, following the Senate's vote.

Biden called Pelosi "the finest and most capable speaker in the history of our nation".

The bill will direct a new round of aid to Americans - in the form of direct payments, extended unemployment benefits, an expanded child tax credit and more - nearly a year after the pandemic first upended daily life in the United States.

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Under the American Rescue Plan, individuals making $75,000 and couples making $150,000 annually, along with eligible dependents, will receive $1,400 each.

The bill, however, will not include the $15-an-hour minimum wage provision backed by progressives following the Senate Parliamentarian's ruling that the addition violated the rules of the budget reconciliation process, which Democrats used to expedite the bill's passage.

"For weeks now, an overwhelming percentage of Americans - Democrats, Independents, and Republicans - have made it clear they support the American Rescue Plan", Biden said recently, according to Newsweek. The Minnesota Democrat said in a statement before the vote that "the Senate bill scaled back eligibility for unemployment benefits and reduced thresholds for payments, cutting off thousands of Minnesotans".

Three-hundred billion is earmarked to extended federal weekly unemployment benefits - which are set to expire this week - through September 6; those who qualify will receive $300 per week.

Pelosi insisted Wednesday on the House floor that the package was "coronavirus-centric". While no GOP lawmakers in Congress voted for it, Democrats point out that some Republican state and local government officials are pressing for the aid. "This was the first purely partisan relief package". He'll also deliver the first prime-time address of his term Thursday to mark the one-year anniversary of the pandemic.

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