US President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion covid relief plan has passed in the Senate, on Saturday, after a 12- hour struggle. The package was passed, marginally, along party lines with 50 votes and the House is set to vote on the bill on Tuesday before sending it to Biden to be signed into law.
The voting process was halted for 11 hours and 50 minutes, making it the longest in US history, after unexpected opposition from Democrat Senator Joe Manchin to the party’s bill. Republicans stood against the bill criticizing the overall size of the package as aid to state and local governments.
The legislation would extend $300 weekly unemployment benefits through September 6, about a month earlier than what Democrats proposed. Furthermore, this would provide $350 billion directly to state and local governments along with fund for vaccine distribution.
President Biden hailed the Senate passage, saying the relief bill was a “giant step forward” in delivering his promise to American citizens.