President Biden has won the first legislative victory of his administration as the House of Representatives has passed the massive $1.9 trillion spending bill, described by its creators as a coronavirus relief bill.
Not a single Republican voted "yes" on the legislation which they said was too large and incorporated too many non-COVID related projects. But the narrow Democratic majority in the House was all that was needed to pass the "American Rescue Plan" on a 220 – 211 vote.
The most immediate impact of the law will be the distribution of $1,400 direct payments to American citizens who make less than $75,000 a year. Couples will receive double that amount if their income fell below $150,000 a year.
One of the most significant differences between this relief bill and previous ones, the current law creates a "child allowance" that is worth up to $300 a month for children under six, and a flat $3,000 a year for older children up to 17.
President Biden tweeted his appreciation after the bill passed.