The House Budget Committee on Monday approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, President Joe Biden’s top priority.
It was the first major vote for the 591-page package as Democrats continue to debate issues such as raising the minimum wage and the amount of aid going to state and local governments. The measure passed the panel by a vote of 19 to 16.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she intends to hold a vote on passing the bill by the end of the week. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday that the House would pass the bill and send it to Biden to sign by March 14, when the last round of federal unemployment benefits expires.