icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package narrowly passes US House, $1,400 stimulus checks included

Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package narrowly passes US House, $1,400 stimulus checks included
The US House of Representatives has narrowly passed the massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. The package is now headed to the Senate, where the bill is expected to be stripped of its minimum wage hike provision.

President Joe Biden’s relief package, known as the American Rescue Plan, was passed by the House early on Saturday in narrow 219-212 vote. No Republicans have voted for the legislation, while two Democrats broke ranks and voted against it.

The legislation includes $1,400 checks for most Americans, as well as billions for state and local governments, schools and businesses. The package would also pay for coronavirus vaccines.

Also on rt.com Why does every new US president always try to outdo their predecessor in boosting the debt? RT’s Boom Bust explores…

On top of that, the bill would gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by June 2025. The minimum wage has remained the same since 2009 and currently stands at the $7.25 per hour mark.

The wage provision, however, is unlikely to make it into the final legislation. On Thursday, Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled that the bill would not fit into budget rules with it, and therefore cannot be passed with a simple majority unlike the rest of the aid package.

While the presidency, technically, had an option to overrule the parliamentarian, who serves as a referee of sorts for the upper house, it has already decided not to do so. “President Biden is disappointed in this outcome,” press secretary Jen Psaki said, adding that “he respects the parliamentarian’s decision and the Senate’s process.”

Also on rt.com Wage war: Biden blasted for picking a fight in Syria, letting minimum wage slide at home

The direct stimulus payment of $1,400, which targets Americans with annual incomes below $75,000, has also turned out to be lower than expected. While on the campaign trail, Biden floated checks of $2,000, he later gave up on such promises, angering progressives.

The coronavirus pandemic has heavily hit the US, which has become the worst-affected nation in the world. The country’s tally is hovering just below the 28.5 million mark, while more than 510,000 people have succumbed to the disease, fresh figures by Johns Hopkins University show.

Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.

Podcasts