Senate passes $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill

The Senate’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package heads to the House, which hopes to pass it and send it to President Biden next week.

The chamber approved the plan in a party line vote as Republicans questioned the need for another broad spending package. The Democratic-held House aims to pass the bill in the coming days and send it to President Joe Biden for his signature before a March 14 deadline to renew unemployment aid programs.

The legislation includes direct payments of up to $1,400 to most Americans, a $300 weekly boost to jobless benefits into September and an expansion of the child tax credit for one year. It also puts new funding into Covid-19 vaccine distribution and testing, rental assistance for struggling households and K-12 schools for reopening costs.


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