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US Senate OKs $1.9T virus relief bill

Passage of the bill happened after the Senate voted all night on a mountain of amendments.

Posted: Mar 6, 2021 10:29 AM
Updated: Mar 6, 2021 1:25 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - An exhausted Senate has narrowly approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.

The vote means that President Joe Biden and his Democratic allies have notched a victory that they say is crucial for hoisting the country out of the pandemic and its economic doldrums.

Final passage came after the Senate voted all night on a mountain of amendments. Nearly all were from Republicans and were rejected.

Senate passage sets up final congressional approval by the House next week so lawmakers can send it to Biden for his signature.

The huge package is Biden's biggest early priority.

(Copyright 2021 The Associated Press)

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