Pelosi Says Biden’s Covid Stimulus Is an ‘Opportunity to Crush the Virus’

Date: 2021-02-05 17:53:20

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a speech on the House floor on Friday said that President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid-19 stimulus plan is America’s “opportunity to crush the virus.”

Pelosi told reporters that she hopes the House will approve the relief bill and send it to the Senate in about two weeks. She said the stimulus will “absolutely without any question” be enacted by March 15 — the date by which expanded and extended unemployment benefits from the December relief bill will have expired.

Republicans have proposed scaling back Biden’s proposals for additional funding to help schools reopen, and have said that $1,400 stimulus checks advocated by the White House should be smaller and go to fewer people. GOP lawmakers have also objected to Biden’s proposed $15 hourly minimum wage hike as part of the bill.

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