Senate begins considering Democrats' $1.9T virus relief bill

Senate begins considering Democrats' $1.9T virus relief bill Senate begins considering Democrats' $1.9T virus relief bill |  Photo: WDIO/MGN

ALAN FRAM
Updated: March 04, 2021 02:47 PM
Created: March 04, 2021 02:25 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has voted to begin debating a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.

Democrats have made eleventh-hour changes in the measure aimed at ensuring they can pull President Joe Biden’s top legislative priority through the precariously divided chamber. Democrats hope for Senate approval of the package before next week.

That would give the House time to sign off on it and get the measure to Biden quickly.

They are encountering stiff opposition from Republicans arguing that the measure’s massive price tag ignores promising signs that the pandemic and wounded economy are turning around.

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