(2-27-21) The House of Representatives voted early Saturday morning to approve President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package, a major step toward enacting the first legislative priority of the new administration. The final vote on the bill was 219-212.

The proposal contains –

  • third $1,400 stimulus check for Americans earning less than $75,000 annually
  • increases jobless benefits to $400 a week through the end of August
  • expands the child tax credit to up to $3,600 per child
  • $350 billion for state and local government funding
  • allocates $170 billion for K-12 schools and higher education institutions to cover reopening costs.

Schrader and Golden

Two Democrats crossed party lines and voted against the bill…Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Jared Golden of Maine, Both lawmakers also opposed the $3 trillion bill last May that failed. .

Jared Golden of Maine

“This bill addresses urgent needs, and then buries them under a mountain of unnecessary or untimely spending.”

The House bill passed also included the $15 minimum wage plan — but the Democrats’ effort ran into a roadblock in the Senate. Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough this week decided that inclusion of the $15 plan would violate Senate rules.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) said –

“As a matter of practice, I don’t get involved in the rules of the United States Senate. But as a matter of values, I can just say, we will not rest until we pass the $15 minimum wage … If it doesn’t prevail because of Senate rules we will persist. But we will not stop until we very soon pass the $15 minimum wage.”

Now that the bill has passed the House it will next go to the Senate.