Congress Passes Biden's $1.9 Trillion Pandemic Relief Bill

A victory for the country and the new administration.

April 11, 2021

Shamiya Lin

Staff Writer at Motus News

On March 10th, 2021, around seven weeks after Joe Biden had entered the White House and exactly four days after the Senate passed the bill, the House gave final congressional approval to the proposed sweeping package

“Help is here,” tweeted President Biden after the roll call; the benefits that come with the passing of the bill are now greatly appreciated by Democratic lawmakers as well as those urgently in need. Among many other benefits, one most noticeable to many Americans is the provision of up to $1,400 direct payments to most adults and the extension of the $300 weekly emergency unemployment benefits in September of 2021. It is essential to note that the legislation goes far beyond the above mentioned.

Unlike previous rounds of aid, the legislation passed by a vote near the party line at 220 votes to 21, with all GOP representatives and one Democrat, Rep. Jared Golden of Maine, voting against the bill.   

President Joe Biden is set to sign the bill into law on Friday, March 12th. “A vaccinated American is the only way to beat the pandemic, get the economy back on track, and for us to get back our lives and our loved ones. That’s why the American Rescue Plan was so critical,” said Biden delivering remarks after the $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan was passed by the House of Representatives. After more than 2 months of anxious waiting by millions of Americans, the American Rescue Plan will finally come to support those who are in need.

According to ABC10, both the House and Senate have agreed on the below standards for the reception of the $1400 stimulus checks:

  • Individual tax filers making up to $75,000 per year
  • Couples, who file jointly, making up to $150,000 per year/person
  • There will also be $1,400 tacked on for each dependent in the household

Additionally, the COVID relief bill will provide a 100% subsidy of COBRA health insurance premium to allow laid-off workers to maintain their employer health plans all the way till the end of September this year.

The bill has called for around $130 billion to help schools for students K-12, hoping to reduce class sizes and enhance social distancing as well as purchase personal protective equipment to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

In addition, the relief packet will assist the recovery of restaurants, provide monetary support to the Paycheck Protection Program, and expand testing for COVID-19 at federal, state, and local scales.

“After a long, hard year, that will make this Independence Day truly special - where we not only mark our independence as a nation but we begin to mark our independence from this virus," said President Joe Biden. With governmental support, there are high hopes for Americans to return to a “normal life.” Although, nothing will be the same after COVID.

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