President Joe Biden’s $1.9 Trillion Pandemic Aid Relief Package has passed the House of Representatives in a 219-212 final vote.
Only two of the Democrats voted against the bill: Kurt Schrader (Oregon) and Jared Golden (Maine), and the bill did not pass with any bipartisan support as no Republicans voted for it. Now that the bill has passed the House, it will go to the Senate next.
The bill includes direct aid to small businesses, $1,400 direct checks to Americans making less than $75,000 annually, an increase in the child tax credit, direct funding to state and local governments, funding for schools and more money for vaccine distribution.
There was a provision in the bill to raise the minimum wage, but it is expected to be taken out. They Senate parliamentarian ruled against including it under the procedure known as reconciliation, where Senate Democrats are using to pass the bill with a simple majority vote. The bill would then have to go back to the House for a separate vote before it could go to Biden to be signed into law.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted at a press conference Friday evening ahead of the vote that the House will pass the wage increase, regardless of what happens in the Senate.
“As a matter of practice, I don’t get involved in the rules of the United States Senate, But as a matter of values, I can just say, we will not rest until we pass the $15 minimum wage … If it doesn’t prevail because of Senate rules we will persist. But we will not stop until we very soon pass the $15 minimum wage.” ~ Nancy Pelosi