In a party-line vote on Saturday, Senate Democrats outweighed the Republican vote, passing a $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, 50-49.
House Democrats have announced plans for the bill’s final approval vote on Tuesday, hoping to beat the March 14 deadline for renewal of unemployment aid programs.
A few things this bill aims to provide:
- Gives most Americans earning up to $75,000 a $1,400 stimulus check.
- Earmarks $130 billion to reopen schools and colleges.
- Allocates $30 billion for struggling renters and landlords.
- Enhances the child tax credit up to $3,600 per child.
- Utilizes $350 billion for state and local governments struggling from a decline in revenue in relation to impacts from COVID-19.
Senator Chuck Schumer, believing the vote showed Senate Republicans that Democrats can and will stick together on high-profile legislation, said at a press conference: “Now they know we mean it,” adding, “On every single important vote, every Democrat stuck together.”
Senator Mitch McConnell, after coming up short to block the bill’s passage, said, “The Senate has never spent $2 trillion in a more haphazard way.”
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand addressed the relief bill’s passage on Facebook, saying, “We just delivered major relief directly to struggling families with: $1,400 checks – Additional $1,400 checks for every child or adult dependent in your family – A $3,000 to $3,600 tax credit per child – Extended unemployment benefits.”