The House on Wednesday passed a massive $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, an amended Senate version authorizing a flurry of new federal spending of agendas Democrats’ solely negotiated on without any Republican input and will now be heading to President Biden’s desk as he is expecting to sign the measure into law by the end of the week.
The House of Representatives voted to approve President Biden $1.9 Trillion COVID relief package in the early Saturday morning hours with the bill now heading to the Senate which includes the $15 an hour minimum wage hike provision, despite the Senate parliamentarian ruling that it cannot be included if Congress wants to use the budget reconciliation process to pass with 51 votes.
President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package he plans to ask the new Democratic-controlled Congress that includes providing $1,400 stimulus checks, along with more funding for a nationwide vaccine distribution program.
The House on Monday passed legislation tripling the size of the direct payments offered under the $900 billion COVID relief bill from $600 to $2,000 after President Trump voiced his desire for the increase, sending the bill to the GOP-controlled Senate with its fate remaining uncertain.
President Trump on Tuesday evening expressed disapproval on the massive $2.3 trillion combined COVID relief and government spending bill Congress just passed, blasting the “wasteful spending” package as a “disgrace,” while issuing a pre-Christmas demand for Congress to amend the bill that will include an increase of the $600 direct payment to individuals to $2000.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a heated interview with a friendly Democratic network CNN, sparred with Wolf Blitzer Tuesday evening that began when she accused ‘The Situation Room’ host of being “an apologist” on Republican position.