Relief bill sends $1,400 in direct payment to most Americans and their dependents; gives $350 billion in aid to state and local governments
The United States House of Representatives March 10, 2021 passed a $1.9 trillion novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) relief bill in what is one of the biggest stimulus plans in the history of the country.
The move is expected to bring the limping US economy — afflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic — back on track.
The relief bill sends $1,400 in direct payment to most Americans and their dependents. The payment, however, will start to phase out for individuals earning $75,000; it will be capped at people who make $80,000.
The government will base eligibility on Americans’ most recent filed tax return.
I believe every worker deserves a free and fair choice to join a union — and the PRO Act will bring us closer to that reality. I urge Congress to send it to my desk so we can summon a new wave of worker power and create an economy that works for everyone.— President Biden (@POTUS) March 9, 2021
Housing should be a right — not a privilege. But far too many people are struggling to keep a roof over their head. I look forward to working with @SecFudge to help renters and homeowners get through this crisis and ensure every American has access to quality, affordable housing. https://t.co/GjfQS2H7tO— President Biden (@POTUS) March 11, 2021
Checks are on the way. pic.twitter.com/rtODFOZ4OX— President Biden (@POTUS) March 10, 2021
The bill offers to:
It introduces programmes to make millions more eligible for unemployment insurance until September 6 and gives $300 a week jobless aid supplement.
The bill passed the House by a 220-211 margin without a single Republican vote.
“They feel like we do, we have to get this done. It’s not going to be everything everyone wants. No bill is,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
“This plan puts us on the path to beating the virus. This plan will help the families struggling the hardest. This plan gives small businesses a fighting chance to survive,” news channel CNN quoted Biden as saying.
Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, however, cited apprehensions regarding the “kind of massive stimulus overheating the economy.”
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