United States: Congress approves Biden’s economic stimulus plan – US and Canada – International

The $ 1.9 trillion stimulus plan promoted by US President Joe Biden to combat the covid-19 crisis, achieved a breakthrough this Friday in Congress, but without the bipartisan support that the president expected.

The budget bill was approved this Friday by the Senate, but thanks to the vote of the country’s vice president, Kamala Harris, who in her capacity as president of the Upper House decides the vote in the event of a tie. Hours later, the House of Representatives did the same, although also with the division of the vote between both parties

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“Our work to crush the coronavirus and bring relief to Americans is urgent and of the highest priority,” wrote the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, in a letter to his supporters shortly before the bill passed by a 219-209 margin in the House that received it after its passage in the Senate.

The measure that will be key to enact Biden’s first major legislative initiative was applauded by Democrats, while Republicans complained about partisanship and overspending.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Said Friday that she aims to pass Biden’s stimulus plan within two weeks.

The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, promised this Friday that he will “act fast” so that Congress approves a stimulus plan for the economy of 1.9 trillion dollars, after monthly statistics showed an anemic creation of job.

In the first month of the year, the unemployment rate fell 0.4 percentage points to 6.3%, but the economy added 49,000 jobs, below what analysts expected, the monthly statistics showed.

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The figures were released at a time when the Senate passed a Democratic-led budget resolution that opens the way to a comprehensive relief plan for the government’s economy with a simple majority, avoiding a Republican blockade.

“I am going to act fast and I would like to do it with the support of the Republicans,” Biden said at the White House. “We can reduce the suffering in this country,” he promised.

I will act fast and I would like to do it with the support of the Republicans

House and Senate committees would have until February 16 to draft the stimulus legislation per budget instructions.

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Biden’s proposal includes the distribution of checks for $ 1,400 to taxpayers, a weekly unemployment benefit of $ 400, $ 350,000 million to help state and municipal governments, a increased minimum wage to $ 15 per hour, and more funds for child care, schools and vaccine distribution.

The set of measures and resources is the path towards legislation that can circumvent the parliamentary maneuvers with which the Republicans can delay final legislation

* With information from Efe and AFP

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