U.S. Senate passes President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill

The United States Senate on Saturday afternoon passed President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The package will now return to the House where it is expected to pass next week.

The White House and many top economists have said the money is needed to help crush the coronavirus, send students and teachers back to school, reopen businesses, send direct checks to the American people and bolster the economic activity.

The Senators approved the package on a 50-49 party-line vote, with all the Democrats voting for it and nearly all Republicans opposing it. Republican Senator from Alaska, Dan Sullivan, missed the vote. Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska who was seen as the only Republican Senator to vote for the package in the end voted against it. 

Final congressional approval by the House of Representatives is expected next week.

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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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