The House passed its $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill early Saturday, sending the massive proposal to the Senate as Democrats rush to approve more aid before unemployment programs expire.
It is the first major legislative initiative for President Joe Biden. The House approved it in a 219-212 mostly party line vote, as two Democrats joined all Republicans in opposing it.
Senators will start considering the pandemic assistance plan next week. Lawmakers will offer amendments, and the chamber will likely pass a different version of the bill, meaning the House would have to pass the Senate’s plan or the chambers would have to craft a final proposal in a conference committee.
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BREAKING: House passes $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill, sends it to Senate https://t.co/9trubWengP
— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) February 27, 2021
NEWS: House votes 219-212 to pass President Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid relief package.
Every Republican voted NO.
Just two Democrats voted NO: Jared Golden (Maine) and Kurt Schrader (Oregon).https://t.co/12p1uQtxYx
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) February 27, 2021