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US House passes US$1.9 trillion Covid relief plan

2021-02-27 HKT 15:26
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  • Biden's pandemic relief plan has received the endorcement of the House and will next go to the senate. Image: Shutterstock
    Biden's pandemic relief plan has received the endorcement of the House and will next go to the senate. Image: Shutterstock
The US House passed an enormous US$1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package early on Saturday, hailed by Democrats as a critical step in funneling new funding toward vaccinations, overburdened local governments, and millions of families devastated by the pandemic.

Four days after the Covid-19 death toll surpassed 500,000 in the United States, the sprawling measure backed by President Joe Biden and described by Democrats as a moral imperative now heads to the Senate for consideration next week.

The bill, which cleared the House on a party-line vote of 219 to 212, includes a provision to raise the minimum wage to US$15 an hour, but due to a Senate ruling the language will be stripped out of the final version. (AFP)