The $ 1.9 trillion aid package against the coronavirus pandemic crisis has been approved
US President Joe Biden urges Democrats to act swiftly, if necessary without Republicans, to approve the $ 1.9 trillion citizen aid package against the coronavirus pandemic crisis.
“A lot of people are losing their jobs,” Biden told the White House, “I think Americans are now looking to the government for help, because we do our jobs, not because we abandon them. So I will act. And I’ll do it quickly. I’d like to do it with the support of the Republicans, but they just don’t want to be as fast as I think we should be.
It was the vice president, Kamala Harris, who gave the deciding vote in the Senate for the passage of the measure.When Harris announced the green light with 51 to 50 votes, around 5.30am, Democratic senators cheered. It marked the first time Harris, in her role as president of the Senate, cast a tie-breaking vote after being sworn in as Biden’s vice president on Jan. 20. Now the text returns to the House, where it is expected to be approved again. Speaker Nancy Pelosi predicted the final COVID-19 relief legislation could pass Congress before March 15, when special unemployment benefits that were added during the pandemic expire.
A tight agenda, which will also be a test of the ability of the new administration and Congress to score successes and deliver on promises. “At this rate, it will take 10 years for full employment to be reached. It is not hyperbole. It is a fact “. The unemployment rate fell from 6.7% to 6.3%, but the number of people who have a job or are looking for it has dropped, a sign that there is a part of the population abandoning the workforce. Since the pre-pandemic times, the US economy has lost 9.9 million jobs. Biden’s watchwords are “acting big” on the aid package, while facing other equally cumbersome challenges, such as those on vaccine distribution, school reopening, business support.
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