COVID-19 relief bill heads over to the Senate after passed by the House

The bill was approved by a slim margin in the House of Representatives, and President Biden hopes the Senate will pass the bill before extended unemployment benefits expire in mid-March.
2:40 | 02/28/21

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Transcript for COVID-19 relief bill heads over to the Senate after passed by the House
Let's turn now to the politics of the pandemic, the senate is now the stage for the next steps in the battle over president Biden's $1.9 trillion covid relief plan. ABC news white house correspondent Mary Alice parks is right there at the white house this morning. Mary Alice, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, Dan. President Biden said he called speaker Nancy Pelosi to thank her for her help in passing his bill through the house. He admitted this weekend that even if the senate moved very fast, it could still take a few weeks even after any bill lands on his desk for Americans to see those stimulus checks. For millions of Americans the clock is ticking. Extended unemployment benefits during this pandemic set to expire in just two weeks. President Biden urging the senate to move quickly to deliver help. If we act now, decisively, quickly and boldly, we can finally get ahead of this virus and finally get our economy moving again. Reporter: House Democrats moving Biden close to first, passing their version of his covid relief bill that would send most Americans a one-time $1400 check. No Republicans in the house backed the bill, saying the price tag was just too high, and money like that earmarked in the bill for schools should be tied directly to reopening. Anxiety, depression in these children is doing much more than just leaving them back educationwise. I don't understand why we can't open the schools. Reporter: Two Democrats in the house opposed the bill, too. The senate could begin debate on the bill as early as this week, there the president likely cannot afford to lose any democratic votes. Vice president kamala Harris could be the tiebreaker. Harris noting this weekend how minority families have been hit hard by covid-19. The fissures and the failures, the defects and the flaws in our system during the course of this pandemic have been blown up for all to see. Reporter: A restaurant in forfolks, Virginia, opened less than a year before the pandemic hit. I started the business just out of pocket. We're not seeing consistent numbers, hit or miss. As like cases go up, we tend to see people not come as much. Reporter: Now house Democrats kept in their bill that raise, the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, even though the senate learning they can't keep that language in their budget bill. But they're exploring other options. One idea is to tax large corporations that do not pay their workers a certain hourly wage. Another battle brewing in Washington. Mary Alice parks at the white thank you so much.

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