Senate Passes Coronavirus Relief Package

By Tiffany Williams  – 

It’s been a busy week on Capitol Hill and around the nation, a lot of people had questions if President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package would be approved. 

On Saturday in a 50-49 final vote in the Senate, the coronavirus relief package was passed and its passage was met with cheers and applause by Democrats who have now taken their first victory lap under the Biden administration.

On Tuesday the House will vote on amended legislation and then the coronavirus relief package will head to President Biden for his signature.

The coronavirus relief package will provide $1,400 in direct checks to earners making under $75,000. Also the bill extends $300 weekly jobless benefits through September 6, a child allowance of up to $3,600 per family, $350 billion in aid to state and local governments, and $14 billion for vaccine distribution.

After its passage, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted, “Democrats passed a historic relief package to expand vaccines, safely reopen schools, and help families. It’s a powerful bill that will make a real difference.”

Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey tweeted, “Despite Republican opposition, Democrats delivered on our promise to the American people with the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. This bill is a life raft for millions of people and will help prevent a disastrous wave of foreclosures, hunger, unemployment, and death.”

Sen. Ed Markey also tweeted, “My legislation for more than $7 billion in E-Rate funding is included in the rescue package. It provides the Wi-Fi hotspots and devices needed to help all students connect to classrooms from home, especially those in communities of color, low-income households, and rural areas.”

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