Headline RoundupMarch 11th, 2021

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

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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.

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