President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Saturday called on the United States Senate to pass his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, just hours after the House of Representatives approved the bill.
Speaking from the Roosevelt Room at the White House, the Democratic president said the bill enjoy huge support from the American people.
“For a few weeks now, an overwhelming percentage of American public has made it clear that they support my American Rescue Plan. And the House of Representatives took the first step toward making it a reality,” the president said. “And I want to thank — and I called her just a few moments ago — Nancy Pelosi for her extraordinary, Speaker Pelosi, for her extraordinary leadership, and all those who supported our plan.”
He added: “And with their vote, we’re one step closer to vaccinating the nation. We’re one step closer to putting $1,400 in the pockets of Americans. We are one step closer to extending unemployment benefits for millions of Americans who are shortly going to lose them.
“We are one step closer to helping millions of Americans feed their families and keep a roof over their head. We’re one step closer to getting our kids safely back in school. And we’re one step closer to getting state and local governments the money they need to prevent massive layoffs for essential workers.
“Now the bill moves to the United States Senate, where I hope it will receive quick action. I have — we have no time to waste. If we act now decisively, quickly and boldly, we can finally get ahead of this virus. We can finally get our economy moving again. And the people of this country have suffered far too much for too long. We need to relieve that suffering. The American Rescue Plan does just that. It relieves the suffering, and it’s time to act.”
President Biden took no questions from reporters, including a question on whether he will punish the Saudi crown prince for approving the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.