The lower house of Congress must endorse the Senate version of the document before President Biden signs it
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the lower house of Congress will consider a Senate option for a massive $ 1.9 trillion financial bailout package to tackle the economic impact of the coronavirus by Wednesday.
The Senate passed its version of the bill after a Saturday night vote. The Senate version does not include a number of provisions included in the House of Representatives bill, such as raising the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour.
Pelosi told reporters that the timing of the House vote “depends on when we get the document from the Senate.”
“We will deal with this on Wednesday morning at the latest,” she said.
None of the Republican congressmen supported the first version of the bill in the House of Representatives. Two moderate Democrats in the lower house of Congress joined the Republicans in voting against this version. One of them, Oregon State Representative Curt Schrader, said on Monday that he will now vote in favor of the Senate-amended bill.
“I remain concerned about the size and scope of this bill, but I believe the Senate change will bring significant relief to Oregonians in need,” Schrader wrote on Facebook.
“Funding local governments, small businesses, schools, families, health care providers and extending unemployment benefits will be a lifeline for many,” he said of the bill.
Republicans, who widely supported coronavirus relief at the start of the pandemic, criticized the size of Biden’s aid package.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki praised the bill at a press conference, saying that, despite some changes, it represents the “core” of what Biden originally proposed.