House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks at her weekly press conference at the US Capitol in Washington, USA, on February 18, 2021.
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House Democrats plan to introduce the $ 1.9 billion coronavirus relief bill on Wednesday so President Joe Biden can sign it by the weekend.
According to the office of majority leader Steny Hoyer, the chamber received the Senate-passed package on Tuesday and will take procedural steps to institute final approval. Biden intends to sign the plan in time to meet a Sunday deadline for the renewal of unemployment benefits. It could take days before Congress formally sends large bills to the White House.
The president said earlier that he expects direct payments of up to $ 1,400 to start hitting Americans’ bank accounts this month.
Democrats are likely to pass the legislation without Republican votes, as the IDP questions the need for nearly $ 2 billion more in federal spending. The bill was passed by the Senate without Republican support through the budget reconciliation process.
On Tuesday, House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries, DN.Y., told reporters he was 110% confident his party had the votes to approve the plan.
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