Transcript for Biden’s COVID relief package passes House
Now to the covid relief milestone, the massive package clearing the house overnight. President urging the senate to act fast, with unemployment benefits for millions in just two weeks. But that house vote was a narrow victory. All Republicans voting no. Two Democrats voting with them. The battle in the senate, one of the president's biggest tests yet. Here's Maryalice parks. Reporter: President Biden before the cameras today marking his first legislative milestone, a big step in getting covid relief to the American people. We have no time to waste. If we act now decisively, quickly and boldly, we can finally get ahead of this virus, we can finally get our economy moving again. Reporter: Urging the senate to move quickly on his $1.9 trillion plan that would provide billions in grants to small businesses, extend unemployment benefits for millions of Americans, and send most Americans a one-time $1,400 check. The house passing the bill overnight without a single Republican vote. So don't call it a rescue bill, don't call it a relief bill. It just throws out money without accountability. Reporter: House Democrats including that raise to the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, which right now won't be included in the senate package. Still, senate Democrats will have to stick together. Without any GOP support, vice president kamala Harris could be the tie-breaking vote. We are going to keep working to get this plan across the finish line. Reporter: The clock is ticking. Unemployment benefits for millions of Americans out of work due to this pandemic set to expire on March 14th. In Seattle, Arianna Laureano says help cannot come soon enough. A relief check could help keep a roof over her head. I'm probably going to be homeless in a month or two. I have like $300 in savings that I can combine. With my disability check now that I've lost my job. Difficult times for so many. So, let's get right to Maryalice parks at the white house. Maryalice, as you said in your report, millions are at risk of losing those federal unemployment benefits in just a few weeks. How soon could this bill hit the president's desk? And when are those checks expected to reach American families? Reporter: Yeah, whit, Democrats in the senate are eager to get to work on this bill. Debate could start as early as this week. They are very aware of the March 14th deadline. Democrats say their goal is to make sure that unemployed Americans hopefully do not see any break in benefits, but just last night, president Biden admitting even if this bill makes it to his desk soon, it could still be a few weeks before Americans see the $1,400 checks. Maryalice parks with her first report for "World news tonight." It's great to have you and welcome.
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