House Democrats Unveil $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Plan

Headline Roundup February 20th, 2021

House Democrats unveiled the 591-page text of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package on Friday, which includes $1,400 direct payments, an extension of $400 federal unemployment benefits, and $350 billion in aid to state and local governments. Though Democrat leaders such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said they expect their party-led chambers to pass the bill within the next few weeks, the Senate expects some division over certain aspects of the bill such as a proposal to raise the federal minimum wage. The House Budget Committee plans to meet Monday to go over the legislation.

Coverage from the left and center tended to focus on the contents of the bill, and provide analysis and predictions about it. Some voices from the right criticized the bill, saying it could slow economic recovery in the long run and prevent “the expanding economy from reaching low-wage workers.”

House Democrats Unveil $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Plan

From the Right
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House Democrats on Friday unveiled the text of their proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, which President Joe Biden pitched during a trip to Michigan.

The House Committee on the Budget published the legislative text for the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 ahead of Monday’s planned markup of the bill. It includes $1,400 direct payments to eligible Americans, an expanded Child Tax Credit, an extension of $400 federal unemployment benefits and a provision to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

“Without this relief package, conditions will spiral...

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ANALYSIS

A key House committee on Friday released the Democrats' massive coronavirus relief package, pulling together President Joe Biden's stimulus proposal into a 591-page bill.

The House Budget Committee is expected to consider the legislation, which is based off measures approved by at least nine committees, on Monday. Most of them -- but not all -- adhere closely to what Biden outlined in his $1.9 trillion relief proposal last month.
The full House may pass the legislation as soon as next week, but it could face hurdles in the Senate,...

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From the Center
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President Joe Biden’s push for a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill took a step forward on Friday as a U.S. House of Representatives committee unveiled the legislation Democrats hope to pass by late next week.

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