Biden signs $1.9 trillion stimulus bill into law

By Derek Draplin | The Center Square

President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill that includes extended unemployment benefits, direct funding to states and municipalities, and $1,400 checks for most Americans.

“This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country and giving the people of this nation – working people, middle-class folks, people who built the country – a fighting chance, that’s what the essence of it is,” Biden said in the Oval Office before signing the bill.

The president is scheduled to address the nation on Thursday night, where he’ll go into more detail about the relief included in the legislation.

The White House

President Joe Biden in the Oval Office of the White House.

White House chief of staff Ron Klain said the signing was moved up from Friday due to the enrolled bill arriving Wednesday night.

“We want to move as fast as possible,” he tweeted. “We will hold our celebration of the signing on Friday, as planned, with Congressional leaders!”

The U.S. House gave final passage to the bill, called the “American Rescue Plan Act,” on Wednesday in a narrow 220-211 vote. The Senate passed the bill on Saturday following hours of debate.

Republicans and fiscal hawks argue the spending bill includes billions of dollars for initiatives unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic or economic recovery.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement Wednesday that the bill “does more to fulfill their progressive wish list than to ease the burdens facing small businesses and families as a result of COVID-19.”

“With less than 10% of the nearly $2 trillion package dedicated to directly combatting the virus and only one percent for vaccines, this enormous package makes a mockery of the crisis our country is facing,” she said.

The bill includes $350 billion for state and local governments, $160 billion for vaccines and testing, $170 billion for schools and universities, and an extension of $300-per-week unemployment benefits.

The $1,400 stimulus checks included in the legislation are expected to reach an estimated 85% of Americans and cost $410 billion, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

The latest round of stimulus checks were revised down from $2,000 checks, and a $15 federal minimum wage hike proposal was scratched from the plan after pushback from key Democrats.

Image courtesy of The White House

4 thoughts on “Biden signs $1.9 trillion stimulus bill into law

  1. So when you put ” lipstick ” on a pig, well it’s still a pig and this 1.9T Stimulus Bill
    is just that, and what is so disgusting is that DemocRATs are praising this as a great
    piece of legislation for the people………What ?? I hope everyone has read this bill
    and sees the ” PORK”, who was this bill written for ” The People ” ….Nope.

    I assume that the Idiots that went along with passing this boondoggle and that does
    include Vermont’s three stooges jumping for joy……. how pathetic.

    And then you have ” Illigetimate Joe” signing this farse, but then again, you have Joe
    being lead around like a puppy on a leash….Now that’s really pathetic and supposedly
    the ” Leader ” of the free world….God Help us.

    So enjoy your crumbs you’ll be getting, now go kiss your kids & grandkids as they will be
    on the hook to pay this back in the future… pretty sad.

    Be prepared for round two, as these politicians are now emboldened !!

    • CHenry to back up your comment about Joe CChina Biden there’s info and I saw it when Ole Joe was signing some 50 EO’s he paused and asked what is this one was about? Someone in the back ground, I recall one female, said never mind, just sign it.

      Yup old creepy, gropey Joey knows what he’s doing. Here’s an article that just came on the net. It’s not surprising and is expected:

      Get Ready for the Biden Exit

      I also wonder about his first speech the other day. Was it alive or pre-recorded? If pre-recorded they could cut out his gaffs. You’d never know unless the situation was exposed. He sure had a blank look on his face like he was drugged and just mouthing the words. He’ll never giive a State of The Union speech, too open and uncontrolled.

      • Tom, I have never seen such a pathetic display for a ” World Leader “,
        the world is laughing at the USA because of this buffoon…………

      • Doesn’t Biden have to get a physical? I remember Trump getting one when he was President and the physician let the American people know that he was in good health.

        Are the Republicans going to give Biden a pass?

Comments are closed.