The House passed the amended version of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package on Wednesday, sending the legislation to the president’s desk for his signature as the final step before becoming law.
Biden will sign the bill on Friday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said at a press conference on Wednesday. Biden unlike the previous president promised Americans that he will look out for the working class. This victory is a start in his promise to make the government work for ordinary people.
The Democratic-controlled House voted 220-to-211 to pass the “American Rescue Plan.” This is the second version of the legislation the House has voted on, the latest of which includes amendments made in the Senate before that chamber passed the bill on Saturday.
What’s in the bill?
The legislation includes stimulus payments, the extension of key unemployment programs that are set to lapse in the spring, aid to small businesses, around $350 billion for state and local governments, an increase in tax credits for low- and middle-income families, and $160 billion for a national program on vaccination and testing.