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© REUTERS - ERIN SCOTT Democrats welcome the vote on the emergency aid plan. March 10, 2021 in Washington.
In the United States, Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion emergency aid plan was finally adopted by the Senate after the House of Representatives vote on Wednesday, March 9. A vote that should allow families in difficulty to receive their aid checks before the end of the month.
With our correspondent in New York, Loubna Anaki
In front of the cameras, the elected Democrats of Congress congratulate themselves. The aid plan has just been approved by the House of Representatives 220 votes to 211. Democratic majority leader Nancy Pelosi speaks of a great day. “2 This is the most important piece of legislation that many of us will ever have the chance to participate in. Who knows what the future holds, but today we are celebrating it 2 ”4 The plan defended by Joe Biden provides for 1 2 900 billion dollars to revive the economy, support the fight against the coronavirus and come to the aid Americans in difficulty. 4 But in the House, as in the Senate, the text was only voted by the Democrats. All Republicans voted against. And Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says the plan is too expensive. “2 This is a typical example of the Democratic government interventionism in the name of the fight against the coronavirus. And we all know what we should have done; a bi-partisan discussion instead of a one-sided approach 2 "4 The text was sent to the White House where the president is expected to sign it on Friday March 12. Joe Biden had promised aid checks to families. He will probably speak about it this Thursday evening in a speech to the nation.
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