Biden signs a $ 1.9 trillion aid package to Covid Thursday afternoon


President Joe Biden wears a protective mask during an event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, the United States, on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

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President Joe Biden will sign the $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package Thursday afternoon, while Washington plans to send new aid this month.

He had planned to sign the bill, his first priority as president, on Friday. Biden will also deliver a prime-time address Thursday describing how the country will tackle the virus a year after the World Health Organization announced the pandemic.

The plan provides direct payments of up to $ 1,400 to most Americans, extends the weekly unemployment insurance increase by $ 300 through September 6, and extends the child tax credit by one year. It also spends nearly $ 20 billion on Covid-19 vaccinations, $ 25 billion on rentals and utilities, and $ 350 billion on state, local and tribal aid.

Biden has said he anticipates stimulus checks to begin this month.

Democrats passed the bill in Congress without a Republican vote on budget reconciliation. The House approved the measure on Wednesday.

“This bill represents a historic-historical victory for the American people,” Biden said after it was passed on Wednesday, saying the spending “addresses a real need.”

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Katherine Clark