Last Thursday the Senate passed the $1.9 trillion relief package, successfully pushed through after a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris. Democrats plan for the bill to be fully approved and sent to President Joe Biden by some time this weekend to be signed into law.
The bill has gone through notable changes since it’s original iteration. The latest version of the bill has completely omitted the $15 per hour minimum wage requirement, gives more budgeting to rural hospitals, includes a tax benefit for those paying for student loans, gives live venue operators more lenient access to government programs, and changes the government’s Covid-19 relief budget to $350 billion.
The range of eligibility for receiving another stimulus check was also narrowed at the request of more moderate Democrats.
Besides the changes that have been made to the bill, it will provide $1,400 stimulus checks to eligible taxpayers, $400 in weekly unemployment benefits until August, $200 billion in school funding, $50 billion for Covid-19 research, and a major revision of the monthly relief for guardians with children 17 and younger.
Democrats hope to get the bill to President Biden by March 14th before the weekly $300 insurance aid and other benefit programs expire.