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US Senate approve $1.9 trillion COVID bill: What you need to know

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The US Senate on early Saturday morning approved the much-hyped $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The bill was approved after long discussions and amendments, mostly by the republican side. As expected, the vote was on party lines, with Democrats getting the bill approved with 50-49 votes. The bill now needs congressional approval from the US House of Congress before finally landing on President Joe Biden’s desk. This was one of the biggest promises that Biden made while on the campaign trail, and losing this was not an option for him. Post Biden signs this bill, suffering Americans will get $1400 direct payment in their accounts. Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky expressed his displeasure on the bill by saying, “The Senate has never spent $2 trillion in a more haphazard way”. The major point missing from the bill? $15 minimum wage, which still stands at $7.25.

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