President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion aid plan to aid Americans during the Covid outbreak has been approved by the House of Representatives.
The voting was biased. The two Democrats joined Republicans who thought it was too costly to oppose this.
The bill now needs to go to an evenly divided Senate, and that Senate is already an important element – blocking the US minimum wage at 15 per hour.
The package aims to improve vaccination and testing and stabilize the economy.
The cash will be collected as emergency financial aid to families, small businesses and state governments. The epidemic lost nearly 10 million jobs and unemployment was close to 10%.
The vote comes in the same week as the US reduced 500,000 deaths from coronavirus-related deaths – the largest number in any country in the world.
Joe Biden called for bipartisan unity when he took office last month, but Democrats had nothing to do with rejecting the bill early Saturday with 219 to 212 votes.
President Biden defended the American rescue plan as a way to help Americans fight Covid-19.
But Republicans say the plan is unnecessarily big and full of Democratic priorities not related to the epidemic.
Categories were reflected by delegates.
Democrat Brendan Boyle says: After 12 months of death and despair, America’s recovery begins tonight.
Kevin McCarthy, leader of the House of Representatives, said the Democrats were so embarrassed by all the unobtrusive waste in the bill and squeezed it into the night.
This is the third largest US spending package for the outbreak, and actually not as large as Donald Trump’s $ 2 trillion last March. Another important factor is that the minimum wage has risen from 50 7.50 an hour to $ 15 an hour, as it has been since 2009.
But on Thursday, announcing the rules, non-partisan senator Elizabeth McDonough said that raising the minimum wage would exceed the budget limits approved for such measures.
The draft law passed during the meeting still includes this increase and it is still unclear how to solve the problem.
Raising the minimum wage is primarily the Democrats’ target, especially for the progressive wing of the party, and top Democrats are considering penalizing employees who pay less than 15১৫ per hour.
Republicans argued that rebuilding companies that increased the minimum wage after the outbreak of Covid-19 would be too much for unions.
Mr McCarthy said the only way out of Covid is to open our economy.
The package goes to the Senate – 50-50 evenly distributed among Democrats and Republicans – probably next week. Senate rules allow a compromise bill to be passed by a simple majority without 60-40. During the draw, the decision was made by Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris.
Historically, the text adopted by the Senate would later have to be reconciled with the Law of the House. The single bill is voted again and handed over to the President for signature.
Democrats are confident that any bill will come into effect, but the issue of the minimum wage is problematic.
Senator Barney Sanders was angry that archaeological rules of procedure were blocking growth.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a bill would still be passed if the Senate accepted the clause.
There is more work to be done with lawyers to get the version of the bill online. The Democrats want to do this by March 14 at the latest.