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  • the United States Senate has approved a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan.

  • President Biden says it will give families struggling to pay their bills.

  • The breathing room that they need the rescue package narrowly made it through the chamber as one Democrat threatened to vote against it.

  • But that was prevented with some last minute tweaks to the bill, and the decision ultimately went down.

  • Party lines.

  • The years are 50 the days of 49.

  • The bill, as amended, is passed.

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  • Democrats were jubilant as the legislation finally passed after a lengthy debate and the longest vote in Senate history.

  • Not one Republican backed the stimulus package.

  • It's been a long day, a long night, a long year.

  • But a new day has come and we tell the American people Help is on the way.

  • The final bill includes $400 billion worth of one off payments to America's taxpayers.

  • It also continues the weekly $300 payment to those thrown out of work in the crisis.

  • And there's $350 billion in aid to state and local governments that have seen the pandemic blow a hole in their budgets.

  • for the thousands of residents in this Queens neighborhood who have been relying on food handouts for a year now, the aid package can't come soon enough.

  • Many of us have been left without jobs, unable to pay the rent or bills, and so we're barely surviving.

  • It's the first major legislation to pass through the Senate under President Joe Biden.

  • It obviously wasn't easy.

  • It wasn't always pretty, but it was so desperately needed, urgently needed.

  • The bill now needs to clear the House of Representatives, where the Democrats hold a slightly stronger majority for more.

  • On this, let's get across to Washington, D.

  • C.

  • And our correspondent Carolina Carolina.

  • Tell us more about the main provisions of this package, and who is going to benefit from them if it does pass through the House as expected?

  • Well, the first important point clear as you already mentioned in this bill, is on the direct payments for all American citizens and people who are legal in the United States, who are going to get a check of $1400 that will be paid directly to them.

  • And the second important point is about the federal unemployment insurance that has now be extended until September 6th.

  • This means that the ones who don't have a job, they are going to get $300 a month until September.

  • And this was one of the main points of discussion in the Senate, because originally this insurance would have expired on March 14th.

  • Now it has been extended until September, and the third point important point in this bill are the tens of billions of dollars that will be allocated to the pandemic response.

  • That means for testing, contact tracing and also for vaccine distribution.

  • And this is especially important because Biden said this week that there will be enough vaccines for every adult in the United States.

  • But the end of May.

  • Of course, there have been some points clear of compromise in order to get this bill through, even among Democrats.

  • One of the points is, for example, the big compromise, this $15 minimum wage.

  • This was completely excluded from the bill in order to get it through the Senate.

  • Despite these compromises, the White House will surely see this as a win of sorts.

  • I mean, what does the fact that not a single Republican voted in favor of this bill mean for Biden's plans for a more bipartisan approach to politics?

  • Well, out of anything clear?

  • First of all, that this is very important to say Biden is doing this.

  • Uh, this is the most important policy that he has been facing, especially in the first month of his presidency, getting checks to the Americans and getting shots in their arms.

  • This this was his main promise, and he is getting this through.

  • He has achieved it, and in this case, the bipartisan way is secondary.

  • But there are other things that are coming up soon.

  • Or Biden will have to fight for bipartisanship like the immigration reform and the infrastructure reform.

  • And these are reforms that will definitely require to third of the votes in the Senate.

  • So there is not going to be a way to get those bills through without a bipartisanship.

  • And this the instrument he used now, the reconciliation process that he used to get the covid relief bill through works only in very specific cases, like, for example, this one when the bill is linked to the federal budget.

  • Our correspondent Carolina Chinmoy in Washington, D.

  • C.

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