House passes Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid relief package

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House

The House of Representatives voted early Saturday morning to approve President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package, a major step toward enacting the first legislative priority of the new administration as the devastating fallout from the spread of Covid-19 has left Americans in dire need of further relief.

The final vote tally was 219-212. Two Democrats broke ranks and voted against the bill: Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Jared Golden of Maine. The bill did not pass with bipartisan support as no Republicans voted for it.Now that the bill has passed the House it will next go to the Senate.

So, what does this stimulus package include?

  • Most Americans would get a $1,400 check.
  • Parents would receive about $3,000 per child.
  • Unemployment benefits would be boosted by $400 a week through August.
  • There’s $20 billion for COVID-19 vaccines.
  • An increase to $15 minimum wage, but it isn’t expected to survive in the Senate

Source: CNN and ABC