The New Paper

February 26, 2021

House expected to vote on coronavirus relief package

The House is expected to vote on the new $1.9T coronavirus relief package today. The legislation includes a wide range of measures, including $1,400 direct payments to many Americans, enhanced unemployment benefits, support for vaccines and testing, and relief for state and local governments. If passed in both chambers of Congress and signed into law by President Biden, the package would be the largest since the $2.2T CARES Act last March.

Extra: Meanwhile, the Senate Parliamentarian (a nonpartisan rules arbiter) determined that a $15 minimum wage cannot be included in the package, finding that it would violate the rules of the budget reconciliation process (which is being used to pass the legislation with a simple majority).
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