The House of Representatives approved the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 Relief Package late Friday / ealry Saturday morning. The legislation includes measures like sending $1400 stimulus checks to millions of Americans and increase the vaccine distribution and make sure unemployment lasts through the summer.
The bill is called the “American Rescue Plan” and narrowly passed by 219 -212. No republicans voted for it and 2 democrats voted against it.
Now that the bill is heading to the Senate, it will face an evenly divided chamber. In order to pass in the Senate, every single Democratic senator will have to vote yes and then Vice President Kamala Harris will have to cast the tie-breaker vote.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave a statement before the vote, saying:
“It’s a great day for us to take a vote to reduce the spread of this virus…put vaccinations in the arms of the American people, money into the pockets, children into the schools, workers back into their jobs, so that we can go forward. I salute President Biden for his American Rescue Plan.”
See what the American Rescue Plan bill includes here.