U.S. House of Representatives votes 219-212 to pass President Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan

The United States House of Representatives on Saturday morning voted 219-212 to pass President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. The bill contains $1400 direct checks to the American people.

The relief bill, to crush the coronavirus, provide help to the American people, get funding to states, schools, and boost the economic activity by supporting small businesses, now moves to the Senate where it is expected to pass without the minimum wage provision in it.

Republicans, who handed out billions of dollars to big corporations last year, have argued that the plan was too expensive, and that it contains many provisions that help Democratic states. They voted against the plan.

All Democratic lawmakers, except Rep. Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon, were the only two moderate ones to cross party lines.

The Democrats and the Republicans have an equal 50-50 number of Senators, that means Vice President Kamala Harris would break the tie with her vote and hand the Democrats a win in the Senate.

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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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