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Congress OKs $1.9T virus relief bill in win for Biden, Dems

The House has passed a sweeping pandemic relief package over Republican opposition.

Posted: Mar 10, 2021 11:16 AM
Updated: Mar 10, 2021 2:27 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has sent President Joe Biden the landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.

The House approved the bill Wednesday over solid Republican opposition in a vote that gives the new president and Democrats a victory just seven weeks after he took office.

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The 628-page measure represents Democrats' effort to bridle the catastrophic pandemic and revive the enfeebled economy. Republicans say the measure is bloated, crammed with liberal policies and heedless of signs the dual crises are easing.

The Senate passed the measure over unanimous Republican opposition four days ago.

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The bill now goes to President Joe Biden for his signature.

The $1.9 trillion bill provides direct payments of up to $1,400 for most Americans, extends emergency unemployment benefits and boosts spending for COVID-19 vaccines and testing. It also provides billions to states and cities, schools and ailing industries.

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