Senate passes Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan after all-night votes

By Manu Raju, Clare Foran, Ted Barrett and Alex Rogers, CNN

Updated 2:39 PM ET, Sat March 6, 2021

(CNN)-The Senate passed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan on Saturday, after an all-night “vote-a-rama” and a 12-hour struggle to get one Democrat to support the party’s plan on a critical issue.
The vote was 50 to 49 on a party-line vote. The House will vote Tuesday on the bill to approve changes made in the Senate, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced, and then it will go to Biden to be signed into law.
Biden hailed the Senate passage in remarks from the White House Saturday afternoon, touting his plan’s widespread public support even if it didn’t earn any Republican votes.

“By passing this plan, we’ll have proved that this government, this democracy, can still work. It has to be done. It will improve people’s lives,” Biden said.

And Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer defended the relief bill’s passage along party lines, saying it showed the Republicans that they could do it alone.

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CNN-Here’s what’s in the Senate stimulus plan

By Tami Luhby and Katie Lobosco, CNN

Updated 4:23 PM ET, Sat March 6, 2021

(CNN)The Senate on Saturday passed its version of the Democrats’ massive coronavirus relief package, after the House passed its package last week.

Lawmakers made several changes throughout the legislation, but three were particularly notable — narrowing eligibility for the stimulus checks, trimming the federal boost to unemployment benefits and nixing an increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Much of the Senate legislation, however, largely mirrors the $1.9 trillion package approved by the House and laid out by President Joe Biden in January.

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