Biden urges Democrats to pass his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Tuesday urged Democratic Senators to move ahead and pass his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.

In a call with Senate Democratic Caucus, President Biden “highlighted the broad support the package has received – including from a bipartisan majority of the American people, state and local leaders, labor, and the business community – and noted the urgency of passing the bill to speed up vaccinations and the safe reopening of schools,” the White House said.

“With the Senate preparing to take up the Rescue Plan, the President urged the caucus to remain united in its commitment to passing a package big enough to meet the economic and health crises we face, and to act swiftly to pass it before unemployment benefits for around 11 million Americans start expiring on March 14,” said the readout of their conversation.

Senate Democratic Caucus lunch meeting takes place every week, and the President joined the meeting today to make the case for speedy passage of the American Rescue Plan and get input from Senators on the path forward, according to the White House.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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