March 12, 2021 – 00:03
President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law a $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package, commemorating an anniversary of the imposition of a curfew in the United States on the coronavirus pandemic, a measure aimed at easing Americans and strengthening the economy.
The package received final congressional approval Wednesday, giving the Democratic president a landslide victory in the first months of his term.
“This historic law is about rebuilding the backbone of this country,” Mr Biden said before signing.
Mr Biden signed the bill ahead of a speech Thursday night marking the anniversary of the imposition of a pandemic on the country. It is expected to boost Americans’ vigilance and offer hope as the number of people vaccinated across the country is rising.
The signing of the legal package by Mr. Biden, dubbed the American Rescue Plan, was originally scheduled for Friday, but White House Chief of Staff Ron Klein said that changed with the arrival of the law in the White House on Wednesday.
“We want to move as quickly as possible,” Klein wrote in a Twitter post.
The package provides $ 400 billion in direct $ 1,400 direct payments to most Americans, $ 350 billion in assistance to states and local governments, an expansion of child payments, and an increase in funding for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. -s./voa/