House Approves COVID-19 Relief Package, Biden's Signature Expected Friday

Headline Roundup March 10th, 2021

The House of Representatives voted in a mostly party-line vote on Wednesday to approve Senate amendments to President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 relief bill, titled the “American Rescue Plan,” and to send the bill to the White House for Biden’s signature. The House passed an earlier version of the bill on Feb. 27, but Senate Democrats added several amendments which, among other things, removed the controversial $15 minimum wage increase. The Senate parliamentarian had ruled earlier that a minimum wage adjustment was ineligible for a simple majority vote under budget reconciliation. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Wednesday that Biden plans to sign the bill on Friday.

Coverage in left-rated outlets tended to portray the bill as a victory for Biden. Some coverage in right-rated outlets focused on the bill's partisan vote, with Fox News' coverage framing it as a "partisan monster."

House Approves COVID-19 Relief Package, Biden's Signature Expected Friday

From the Center
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The House of Representatives gave final approval on Wednesday to one of the largest economic stimulus measures in U.S. history, a sweeping $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that gives President Joe Biden his first major victory in office.

The measure provides $400 billion for $1,400 direct payments to most Americans, $350 billion in aid to state and local governments, an expansion of the child tax credit and increased funding for vaccine distribution.

Approval in the Democratic-controlled chamber came without any Republican support after weeks of partisan debate and wrangling in...

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From the Left
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The House gave final passage Wednesday to a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package that will deliver $1,400 stimulus checks to millions of Americans, extend enhanced unemployment benefits and boost funding to ramp up vaccine distribution and reopen schools.

The vote of 220 to 211 sends the legislation to President Joe Biden's desk for his signature, securing him his first legislative victory since taking office less than two months ago.

Biden will sign the bill on Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

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From the Right
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The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill, ending a grueling monthlong fight on Capitol Hill.

The American Rescue Plan Act passed 220-211 and gives $1,400 stimulus checks to Americans who earn less than $75,000 per year. It extends a $300 weekly unemployment supplement through Sept. 6.

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