House Democrats unveiled a new $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package on Friday, on the heels of Joe Biden’s administration.
The package is expected to pass as early as next week, although it will have an uphill battle in the Senate.
The package that will be considered by the House Budget Committee is the result of a combination of measures that have already been approved by at least nine different committees.
“This reconciliation bill is the next step toward implementing the American Rescue Plan and finally changing the direction of these crises,” said chair of the Budget panel Rep. John Yarmuth. “Without this relief package, conditions will spiral further out of control and families will suffer needlessly.”
“We are in a race against time, and aggressive, bold action is needed before our nation is permanently scarred by the human and economic costs of inaction," he continued. "We have the plan and the fiscal space, we have the American people behind us, and now we have the bill to get it done.”
The unveiling of the 591-page bill comes as Congress stares down a deadline for expanded unemployment benefits, which are set to start expiring next month.
Several of the provisions advocated by Biden are in the legislation, including stimulus payments of up to $1,400 following the $600 that millions of Americans received under the last package.
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