On Saturday morning, the House of Representatives took on a vote regarding Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus pandemic aid package, and they approved the relief bill. However, it was not a surprising vote because the House is controlled by the majority – Democrats.
From all the democrats in the House, only two, Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon voted against the bill to bring the total vote tally to 219-212. It’s good to note that no Republican voted for the bill.
The $1.9 trillion bill’s approval is a significant step toward meeting the first legislative promises of President Joe Biden’s administration that is keen on controlling the spread of the COVID-19 and provide relief to the most affected communities.
The next step for the bill after the House approved it is to go through the Senate.
It’s not an easy step to enact a bill, and it looks more complicated. The Senate is expected to remove a provision regarding an increase in the federal minimum wage. This was after it was ruled against by the parliament. However, we expect the Senate to pass the bill since the Democrats hold the majority vote.
Once Senate approves it, the bill will then go back to the House for voting before President Biden can sign it into law. The bill advanced by the House Democrats includes:
- $1,400 direct checks to Americans receiving a salary of less than $75,000 annually.
- Direct funding to state and local governments.
- Direct aid to small businesses.
- An increase in the child tax credit.
- Additional funding for schools.
- More money to be utilized for COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the nation.
House Republicans had told their members to vote against the $1.9 trillion bill package, but that wasn’t enough to reject the bill because the Democrats are the majority as they passed it on a party-line vote.
Such a move had made Republicans feel left out when enacting bills into law, but Democrats argue that they are willing to work with them to address the pandemic that has affected the nation severely. Democrats are ready to take action against this deadly virus, especially now that they control the White House and Congress.
Globally, the coronavirus cases are over 114 million, with a death toll of more than 2.5 million. The most affected country is the USA, which has recorded over 29 million confirmed cases and more than 523k deaths.
The COVID relief package is the first significant piece of legislation by Biden’s administration, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had an easy route to passing the bill.
The bill includes a section that suggests an increase in the minimum wage in the legislation, but the Senate parliamentarian ruled against it. But the House is determined to pass that rule regardless of what happens in the Senate, and Pelosi is ready to pass the wage increase.
Now that the House of Representatives has passed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 COVID-19 relief package, it’s just a matter of time since the new administration can counter-attack the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the USA.
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