Biden Signs $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Bill Into Law

Headline Roundup March 11th, 2021

President Joe Biden signed his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, titled the American Rescue Plan (ARP), Thursday afternoon. Congress gave its final approval the day before when the House passed the final version of the bill in a party-line vote. White House Secretary Jen Psaki previously told reporters that Biden would sign the bill on Friday, but tweeted Thursday morning: “Because Congress enrolled the bill more quickly than we anticipated, the President will sign the American Rescue Plan into law today within the hour. @VP will join him in the oval.” The White House also launched an official American Rescue Plan website, and Biden will give his first prime-time address to the nation Thursday evening.

Coverage in some left-rated outlets focused on more positive descriptions of how the bill will "help the middle class." Coverage in some right-rated outlets focused on Republicans' criticisms of the bill, most notably for its size.

From the Right

President Biden on Thursday signed into a law a $1.9 trillion spending package he claims is needed to give the coronavirus-slowed economy a jolt, a bill Republicans say is too hefty and loaded with wasteful pork.

The measure is one of the largest such packages in American history, and came with warnings from Republicans and some economists that its size might “overheat” the economy. Nevertheless, Biden and top other administration officials took the first in a series of victory laps as they look to sell the already popular measure to...

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From the Center

President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act in the Oval Office on Thursday, one day earlier than originally scheduled.

Why it matters: The enactment of the massive coronavirus relief plan cements Biden's first major legislative victory and comes exactly one year after the pandemic was declared by the World Health Organization.

The big picture: Federal agencies will now face the daunting task of implementing one of the largest economic relief packages in U.S. history, which is projected to lift millions out of poverty in addition to supporting...

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From the Left

President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package into law Thursday, his first legislative achievement since taking office less than two months ago, a measure to infuse billions into the U.S. economy and bolster funding for vaccines, testing and school reopenings.

The package, which was unanimously opposed by Republicans in Congress, will also provide millions of Americans with $1,400 stimulus checks that are set to go out by the end of the month. The White House is planning a victory lap to mark the achievement with the president,...

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