The US House of Representatives approved a $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus plan earlier on Saturday, the sixth COVID bill since the pandemic began a year ago.
The vote is 219-212 around 2 am Eastern Time.
Two Democrats voted against the party’s plan: U.S. Representative Jared King of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon. The two lawmakers also opposed the $3 trillion bill introduced in May last year, which ultimately failed.
No Republican supports Saturday’s bill.
About two hours before the vote, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy mocked the proposal as “Pelosi’s pay-off bill.”
R-Calif. The state’s McCarthy further described the legislation as “the Democratic Party̵
His remarks will be issued by his office later on Friday, and he plans to comment in the House of Representatives shortly.
Houses that can vote in BIDEN’s $1.9T Coronary Colon Relief Package, which includes $1,400 stimulus checks
McCarthy said: “Congress will not actually vote on the bill until 2 am on Saturday.” “Why? Because all non-COVID waste in the bill embarrassed Democrats, so much so that they blocked it in the middle of the night.
McCarthy added: “We have the numbers.” “Actually, the funds used to fight the virus are less than 9%-less than 9%! So don’t call it a rescue bill. Don’t call it a relief bill. Call it a relief bill. Pelosi Payoff.”
Many Republicans are particularly opposed to the Democratic Party’s efforts to include a minimum wage requirement of $15 as part of the package. However, this week Senator Elizabeth MacDonough (Elizabeth MacDonough) decided to include the $15 plan in violation of Senate regulations, but this effort was set back in the Senate.
Shortly before midnight on Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended the bill in a speech in the House of Representatives, declaring that regardless of McDonald’s Senate decision, the $15 minimum wage target could be achieved in another way.
Pelosi said: “This is inevitable for all of us. The minimum wage will reach $15. Even if it is unthinkable for some people, it is inevitable for us. We will try to shorten The distance between this and the inevitable obstacles. Unbelievable.”
Lawmakers are eager to send approved legislation to President Biden’s desk by March 14, when millions of key unemployment assistance programs will expire.
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The proposal includes a third incentive check for US$1,400 for Americans with an annual income of less than US$75,000, raising unemployment benefits to US$400 a week by the end of August, and raising the child tax credit to US$3,600 per child. This includes $350 billion in state and local government funding and $170 billion in funding for K-12 schools and higher education institutions to cover the cost of reopening.
Republican lawmakers questioned the need for $2 trillion, accusing their liberal colleagues of using the bill as a means to pass a “democracy wish list.”
Megan Henney of Fox Business Co. contributed to this story.