Democrat-Controlled House Passes $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Bill; Two Dems Vote Against It

Eric QuintanarFebruary 28, 20212min

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed “The American Rescue Plan” by a vote of 219-212 early Saturday morning, sending the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill championed by President Joe Biden over to the Senate.

The stimulus bill passed with unanimous Republican opposition, and two Democrats — Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon — also voted against it.

If enacted, the legislation would extend the unemployment insurance booster checks, giving an extra $400 per week to recipients until August — up from $300 per week — and $350 billion for states, local governments, and tribal governments, according to The New York Times. The legislation would also provide $200 billion for schools across the country and $50 billion for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, contact tracing, and COVID-19 testing.

Stimulus checks, which Biden vowed to include, have also made another appearance. Under the plan, individuals who earn less than $75,000 per year, and couples earning less than $150,000 per year would qualify for $1,400 stimulus checks. These checks would be provided on top of the recent $600 checks Congress recently provided, and the latest round of them would cost $422 billion, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, a nonpartisan organization that provides spending estimates for legislation, The Washington Post reported.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) slammed the stimulus bill in a Fox News op-ed early Friday morning and encouraged people to call the legislation a “Pelosi Payoff” instead of a COVID-19 relief bill due to the quantity of unrelated spending inside of it:

Author : Eric Quintanar

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