House Expected to Pass $1.9 Trillion Covid-19 Relief Bill Today
Also set for today is the House vote on the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill proposed by President Biden. The massive package is said to include individual stimulus payments starting at $1,400 dollars, additional PPP funds for small businesses, enhanced unemployment benefits, allocation of billions towards state and local governments, education, vaccine rollout, emergency paid family leave for federal employees, extended evictions moratoriums, and more. But in a major blow for Democrats, the Senate’s chief parliamentarian ruled yesterday that the proposed federal minimum wage hike shouldn’t be included. While taking out the provision could help ease division in the House, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said they will keep it in the bill and that Vice President Harris can override the ruling. It is unlikely she will do so, but the bill is expected to pass in the House today. It will then move to the Senate floor where it faces a tight mid-March deadline which is when unemployment benefits are expected to run out.