President Biden urged the Senate Saturday to quickly pass his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill, saying “We have no time to waste.”
“If we act now we can finally get ahead of this virus,” he said at a White House podium in remarks that lasted less than two minutes.
House Democrats narrowly approved the American Rescue Plan Act early Saturday morning on a 219 to 212 vote — with no support from Republicans. Two Dems defected to oppose the massive spending measure.
The bill includes $1,400 stimulus checks for adults earning up to $75,000 per year, with smaller checks for higher earners. Parents will get an additional $1,400 for each dependent child.
But Republicans have complained that the bill is loaded with pork — and stuffed with money for programs that have nothing to do with the pandemic that has taken 500,000 lives.
“Less than 9 percent of the bill will be used to fund public health,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Friday.
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News – Biden pleads for fast passage of his $1.9T COVID-19 stimulus bill