House Democrats release text on massive relief package

Millions of Americans are still in need because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
1:30 | 02/21/21

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The Republicans swiftly pushing back. Here's ABC's Alex Presha. Reporter: Tonight, Democrats moving closer to making president Biden's $1.9 trillion covid relief plan a reality, despite fierce Republican opposition. Let me ask them -- what would they have me cut? What would they have me leave out? Reporter: The nearly 600-page house bill includes $1,400 stimulus checks for most Americans and an extension of $400 weekly federal unemployment benefits. The Democrats' goal, to get the bill on the president's desk before those benefits expire on March 14th. Just last week, 861,000 Americans filed new unemployment claims, the highest number in a and more than 18 million Americans are collecting benefits from state and federal government programs. Unemployment has been a much-needed lifeline for people like Annette guadliardo of New Jersey. Annette, how you doing these days? She lost her restaurant job last March. She's hoping to go back to work come April. We're eager. We're eager to work, eager. But as far as that money, I'm hoping and praying I can get a stimulus check. That will definitely secure me for April for rent. Reporter: GOP leadership is urging house Republicans to vote no on the bill, but Democrats don't need their support, looking to advance it to the senate by the end of next week. President Biden has said that he's open to a cheaper relief bill if it means bipartisan support, but so far, he hasn't whit? Alex, thank you.

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