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  • 2021 US Covid-19 Relief Bill help_outline

    President Biden has selected Gene Sperling to oversee spending from the $1.9 trillion relief bill. Mr. Sperling was previously director of the National Economic Council under President Clinton and Obama.
    Federal unemployment benefits will expire. These benefits were part of the March 2020 CARES Act, and were extended by the December 2020 Continued Assistance Act.
    The US, Japan, India, and Australia, a group known as The Quad, announced that they will finance an expansion of vaccine manufacturing capacity.
    The House passed the American Rescue Plan Act, 220 to 211, sending the bill to the President's desk for signature.
    Senate Democrats plan to drop their proposal to increase federal unemployment benefits from $300 to $400 per week, but will lobby to extend it for an additional month.
    The Senate approved the motion to begin debate on the coronavirus relief package, with Vice-President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote.
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she hopes for a vote on the bill “sometime at the end of next week.”
    Vice President Kamala Harris cast her first tie-breaking vote in the Senate on a budget resolution, a key step to move ahead with the coronavirus relief package.
    President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. unveiled his so-called American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion stimulus package to combat the economic downturn and the Covid-19 crisis.