President Biden signs massive spending package, will address the nation Thursday night

by Peter Heck · Mar 11th, 2021 3:31 pm

Last Updated Mar 12th, 2021 at 4:29 pm

President Joe Biden has officially signed his $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package, the first legislative success of his presidency that advanced strictly along party lines.

The new law will send direct payments of $1,400 to millions of Americans as well as extending a $300 a week unemployment insurance supplement.

The bill also includes money to increase vaccine distribution.

"This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country," Biden said at a signing ceremony. "And giving people in this nation, working people, middle-class folks, the people who built this country, a fighting chance."

The president will give a prime-time address on Thursday evening to describe the country's path forward in combatting the global pandemic.


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