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Weekend Reads US House of Representatives votes Friday on Biden's Corona aid package

11:15  25 february  2021
11:15  25 february  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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The US House of Representatives will vote on the US President Joe Biden's $ 1.9 trillion (1.6 trillion euros) Corona aid package on Friday. The need for Covid-19 aid remains great, said the Democratic majority leader in the House of Representatives, Steny Hoyer. The Senate is expected to vote on it next week. Biden plans to get the package through Congress before an unemployed aid program expires next month.

Das US-Repräsentantenhaus wird am Freitag über das 1,9 Billionen Dollar (1,6 Billionen Euro) teure Corona-Hilfspaket von US-Präsident Joe Biden abstimmen. Der Bedarf an Covid-19-Hilfen bleibe groß, erklärte der demokratische Mehrheitsführer im Repräsentantenhaus, Steny Hoyer. © Alex Edelman The US House of Representatives will vote on the $ 1.9 trillion (1.6 trillion euros) corona aid package from US President Joe Biden on Friday. The need for Covid-19 aid remains great, said the Democratic majority leader in the House of Representatives, Steny Hoyer.

Democrats and Republicans argue violently over the new stimulus and aid package. Millions of citizens are said to receive checks for $ 1,400. In addition, $ 160 billion is earmarked for corona vaccinations, tests and health workers, $ 130 billion for the safe reopening of schools and $ 350 billion in aid for cities and states, among other things.

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The majority of the opposition Republicans in Congress are critical of the aid package. They think the help is excessive and insufficiently targeted. Leading business representatives in the US, on the other hand, backed the president's plan on Wednesday and declared that it was necessary to boost the ailing economy.

The Democrats have a majority in both chambers of Congress. In the Senate, however, 60 votes are normally required for legislative texts to move forward. However, a recently adopted budget resolution makes it possible to pass the corona aid with a simple majority.

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