House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that by Wednesday, the lower house of Congress would consider the Senate version of a large-scale financial assistance package to overcome the economic consequences of the coronavirus for $ 1.9 trillion.
The Senate passed its version of the bill after a late-night vote on Saturday. The Senate version does not include some provisions included in the House bill, such as increasing the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour.
Pelosi told reporters that the timing of the House vote “depends on when we get the document from the Senate.”
“We will do this at the latest on Wednesday morning,” she said.
None of the Republican congressmen supported the first version of the bill in the House of Representatives. Two moderate Democrats in the lower house of Congress joined the Republicans in voting against this version. One of them, Representative Kurt Schrader of Oregon, said that he would now vote for the legislation as amended in the Senate on Monday.
“I remain concerned about the size and scope of this bill, but I believe the changes in the Senate will bring significant relief to Oregon’s residents in need,” Schrader wrote on Facebook.
Republicans, who broadly supported helping to overcome the effects of the coronavirus at the start of the pandemic, criticized the scope of Biden’s aid package.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki praised the bill at a news conference, saying that it represents the “core” of what Biden originally proposed despite some changes.