By MICHELLE STODDART, LAUREN KING and KATE PASTOR, ABC News
(WASHINGTON) — This is Day 42 of the administration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Here is how the day is unfolding. All times Eastern:
Feb 27, 12:10 pm
Biden praises House for passing American Rescue Plan, tells Senate there’s “no time to waste”
During brief remarks Saturday morning, Biden praised the House passage of his American Rescue Plan and urged the Senate to pass the bill, warning there’s “no time to waste.”
He said he spoke with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just before stepping out and thanked her for her work on the effort and for moving the country “one step forward” on relief.
The $1.9 trillion economic coronavirus relief package will provide resources to schools and businesses, boost funding for vaccinations and testing and grant financial relief to Americans across the country.
“With their vote, we’re one step closer to vaccinating the nation. We are one step closer to putting $1,400 in the pockets of Americans,” Biden said. “We’re one step closer to extending unemployment benefits for millions of Americans who are shortly going to lose them. We’re one step closer to helping millions of Americans feed their families, and keep a roof over their head.”
“We’re one step closer to getting our kids safely back in school. And we’re one step closer to getting state and local governments the money they need to prevent massive layoffs for essential workers,” he added.
He directed a message to the Senate, stressing, “I hope it will receive quick action.”
“If we act now, decisively, quickly and boldly, we can finally get ahead of this virus, we can finally get our economy moving again, and the people of this country have suffered far too much for too long,” the president said.
Feb 27, 11:49 am
House passes $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package in party-line vote
The House approved a massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, advancing President Joe Biden’s top agenda item and providing more resources to schools and businesses, boosting funding for vaccinations and testing, and granting financial relief to Americans across the country.
Democrats passed the measure early Saturday morning in a party-line vote, with Republicans united against the bill calling for slimmer, more-targeted relief.
All but two Democrats supported the bill in the 219-212 vote, and no Republicans backed the package.
Reps. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., and Jared Golden, D-Maine, voted against the legislation.
The Senate is expected to take up the legislation next week, after the chamber’s parliamentarian ruled that Democrats could not include a $15 minimum wage in the proposal over budgetary concerns.
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