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House Passes Biden's Stimulus Package, With $15 Minimum Wage Provision
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=58468"><span class="small">Emily Cochrane and Jim Tankersley, The New York Times</span></a>   
Saturday, 27 February 2021 09:33

Excerpt: "The House passed President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus plan early Saturday in a nearly party-line vote, advancing a sweeping pandemic aid package that would provide billions of dollars for unemployed Americans, struggling families and businesses, schools and the distribution of coronavirus vaccines."

Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said on Friday that a minimum wage hike remained 'a priority and we will get it done,' but stressed that President Biden's relief package was still a 'great bill' without it. (photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said on Friday that a minimum wage hike remained 'a priority and we will get it done,' but stressed that President Biden's relief package was still a 'great bill' without it. (photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)


House Passes Biden's Stimulus Package, With $15 Minimum Wage Provision

By Emily Cochrane and Jim Tankersley, The New York Times

27 February 21


Even as the House passed President Biden’s pandemic aid plan with a minimum wage increase included, Democrats were searching for a Plan B for the wage hike, which was ruled out in the Senate.

he House passed President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan early Saturday in a nearly party-line vote, advancing a sweeping pandemic aid package that would provide billions of dollars for unemployed Americans, struggling families and businesses, schools and the distribution of coronavirus vaccines.

The vote was 219 to 212, with Democrats pushing the measure over unanimous Republican opposition. After hours of debate that stretched past midnight, two Democrats — Representatives Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon — broke with their party and voted against the bill.

The plan would provide $1,400 direct payments to individuals earning up to $75,000 a year and to couples earning up to $150,000. It would also expand a weekly federal unemployment benefit that is set to lapse in mid-March, increasing the payments to $400 a week from $300 and extending them through the end of August. It would increase the child tax credit; provide more than $50 billion for vaccine distribution, testing and tracing; and allocate nearly $200 billion to primary and secondary schools and $350 billion to state, local and tribal governments.

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