US Congress passes US$1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief Bill in big win for Biden

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Congress on Wednesday (March 10) passed Joe Biden’s enormous economic relief package, delivering a resounding victory for the US president and a desperately needed injection of cash to millions of families and businesses enduring the coronavirus pandemic.

The US$1.9 trillion (S$2.5 trillion) plan, which funds Covid-19 vaccines and sends stimulus cheques of up to US$1,400 to most Americans, passed the House of Representatives with zero support from Republicans, who accused Biden of abandoning his Inauguration Day pledge to unify the nation.

The White House said Biden – who made the American Rescue Plan his top legislative priority – planned to sign the measure into law on Friday, days before unemployment benefits were scheduled to expire for millions of people.

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