After much debate and revision, Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package has finally passed in the house and is moving to the Senate before it can officially pass. Just last Saturday the House voted and not one republican voted to pass the stimulus package.
What’s in the Package
Anyways, CNBC details the plan that passed in the House, which expects to distribute
- $400 weekly unemployment checks through August
- $1,400 stimulus checks for Americans making $75,000 or less
- $20 billion for vaccinations
- $50 billion for testing
- $350 billion for state, local, and tribal government relief
- Payments to families of up to $3,600 per child
- $170 billion to K-12 schools and higher education Institutions
- An increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025
Now as it passed from the House to the Senate, Democrats decided to not include the $15 minimum wage amendment in order to keep the vote more bipartisan.
Although, if Democrats were on the same page they could just vote to include this, making the vote a 50-50 tie. This tie would be broken by Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris. This decision to not include the minimum wage increase can be disheartening, but Biden does have 4 more years in office… let’s see what he gets done.
Until then, let’s hope that this stimulus check will help and make the rest of this pandemic a little easier. Thanks for checking out What’s Poppin’ this week and don’t forget to join our Newsletter!