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Coronavirus: US Senate passes major $1.9tn relief plan

745ng | March 6, 2021

The US Senate has voted to approve America’s third major spending package to deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The $1.9tn (£1.4tn) plan passed by 50 votes to 49 on Saturday, and will now head to the House of Representatives where it is expected to be approved.

The relief plan has been championed by President Joe Biden as a way to help struggling citizens.

But his Democratic Party compromised on some issues ahead of the vote.

There were long discussions over federal unemployment benefit, which Democrats agreed to lower from $400 to $300 a week. It will be extended until 6 September.

America’s worst public health crisis in a century has left nearly 523,000 people dead and 29 million infected, with a current unemployment rate of 6.2%.

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