Biden hails House passage of $1.9T virus bill, now to Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is hailing the House passage of the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill he championed.

He says that with decisive, fast and bold action, “we can finally get ahead of this virus.”

The bill passed early Saturday on a near party-line vote and would steer cash to individuals, businesses and states battered by COVID-19.

Now it goes to the Senate. Democrats there seem bent on resuscitating a minimum wage push, and other fights could erupt, too.

Democrats say the still-faltering economy and still-spreading virus demand action. Republicans call the legislation bloated and partisan.

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