Biden said that the economic stimulus plan will save a lot of jobs on the one hand, and speed up the manufacture and distribution of anti-corona virus vaccines on the other hand.
On Saturday, the US Senate approved President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion Corona virus relief plan, after hours of difficult discussions and negotiations and a marathon vote on a series of amendments introduced to it.
The session witnessed sharp disagreements among Democrats over unemployment aid, and the Republicans’ failure to approve about 36 amendments.
Biden said in brief statements that the approval of the plan will help in distributing financial aid to the Americans as of this month, expressing his hope that the House of Representatives will pass the bill quickly so that he can sign it.
The US President added that the economic stimulus plan will save many jobs on the one hand, and accelerate the manufacture and distribution of anti-corona virus vaccines on the other hand.
For his part, the leader of the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, Steny Hoyer, said in a tweet that the House will vote on Tuesday on the bill.
The final project included 400 billion dollars in the form of a stimulus package for most of the people with the aim of reviving the economy, with a per capita share of 1400 dollars, unemployment benefits for about 9.5 million who lost their jobs in the crisis, the per capita share of which is 300 dollars per week, and 350 billion dollars in aid for state and government governments. Local budgets whose budgets have been affected by the pandemic.
The largest stimulus package
50 Democratic senators voted for the bill, compared to 49 Republicans, as all Republicans declined to support what would be one of the largest stimulus packages in US history.
Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said ahead of the vote that the bill is a recipe for overcoming the pandemic that has killed more than 520,000 across the country and turns most aspects of American life upside down.
But Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell strongly criticized the measure, saying that the Senate had never spent two trillion dollars at random like this “or through a process that did not receive close scrutiny.”
Republicans have sought to pass an aid package of about a third of the amount targeted by the Biden plan.