House Democrats seek to pass the relief bill on Friday

With Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial behind them, Democrats have been moving to pass the American Rescue Plan before the end of February. Could the 1.9 trillion American Rescue plan be passed by the House on Friday?

With Congress and President Joe Biden having turned their full attention to the relief Americans need, the House aims to pass its $1.9 American Rescue Plan on Friday, as Democrats race to beat a deadline to extend key unemployment programs before they expire.

Millions of Americans could lose unemployment benefits if lawmakers fail to act in the next two weeks, for a $300 per week federal unemployment supplement and provisions expanding eligibility for insurance will expire on March 14.

The 1.9 trillion relief package presented by Joe Biden includes $1,400 direct payments to most Americans, a $400 per week jobless benefit supplement, and an extension of programs making millions more Americans eligible for unemployment insurance.

It also puts $20 billion into Covid-19 vaccinations, $50 billion into testing, and $350 billion into state, local and tribal government relief, and proposes increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.

If it is approved by the House on Friday, the bill will then be sent to the Senate for approval, and then to Biden for his signature.

 

Congress has moved to approve the plan under budget reconciliation, a tool that will enable Democrats to pass it with no Republican votes in the Senate, and this will make it a more drawn-out process than usual.

In order to pass the bill with no Republican support, every member of the Blue Party in the Senate will have to advocate for it, and at least two Democratic senators have expressed skepticism about parts of the plan.

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