President Joe Biden will wear a protective mask at an event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., USA, on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.
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President Joe Biden will sign the $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package Thursday afternoon, while Washington wants to send new aid this month.
He planned to sign the bill, his first priority as president, on Friday. Biden will also release a primetime address Thursday detailing how the country will continue to fight the virus a year after the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic.
The plan will send most Americans direct payments of up to $ 1,400, extend unemployment insurance of $ 300 a week until September 6, and extend the tax credit for children by one year. It will also put nearly $ 20 billion in vaccinations against Covid-19, $ 25 billion in rent and utility assistance, and $ 350 billion in state, local and tribal aid.
Biden has said he expects stimulus checks to start this month.
The Democrats passed the bill in Congress without a Republican vote through the budget reconciliation process. The Chamber approved the measure on Wednesday.
“This bill represents a historic – historic victory for the American people,” Biden said after its passage on Wednesday, saying the spending “fulfills a real need.”
Republicans called the proposal inadequate for now as vaccinations against Covid-19 increase and more states reopen their economies. The GOP criticized what it called funding not needed to fight the pandemic.
“The American people have already built a parade on its way to victory,” Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Said on Thursday. “Democrats just want to sprint to the front of that parade and claim credit.”
Democrats have cited the bill needed to support the economic recovery and ease the pain caused by a year of economic constraints. More than 20 million people still receive some form of unemployment benefits and millions of households struggle to afford food and housing.
The party has also highlighted the bill’s potential to reduce child poverty.
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